"A very timely collection that reveals the desperate need for reform of gender and family law in Muslim, Jewish, and Hindu communities."—Janet Afary, author of Sexual Politics in Modern Iran
The essays in this collection examine issues of gender, family, and law in the Middle East and South Asia. In particular, the authors address the impact of colonialism on law, family, and gender relations; the role of religious politics in writing family law and the implications for gender relations; and the tension between international standards emerging from UN conferences and conventions and various nationalist projects. Employing the frame of globalization, the authors highlight the ways in which local and global forces interact and influence the experiences and actions of people who engage with the law.
By virtue of a “south-south” comparison of two quite similar and culturally linked regions, contributors avoid positing “the West” as a modern telos. Drawing upon the fields of anthropology, history, sociology, and law, this volume offers a wide-ranging exploration of the complicated history of jurisprudence with regard to family and gender.
Kenneth M. Cuno is associate professor of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has published articles in numerous journals including the International Journal of Middle East Studies, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, and Islamic Law and Society. He is the author of The Pasha’s Peasants: Land, Society, and Economy in Lower Egypt, 1740–1850.
Manisha Desai is the director of Women’s Studies at the University of Connecticut. She is the author of Rethinking Globalization: Gender and the Politics of Possibilities, coeditor of Women’s Activism and Globalization: Linking Local Struggles to Transnational Politics, and editor of Women’s Issues in Asia and Oceania.
Series: Gender and Globalization
6 x 9, 332 pages