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Cultural Analysis and Social Theory - MA Program

Volume edited by Lisa K. Taylor and Jasmin Zine on Muslim women

May 21/14

Volume edited by Lisa K. Taylor and Jasmin Zine

A volume edited by Lisa K. Taylor and Jasmin Zine on Muslim women, transnational feminism and the ethics of pedagogy is hot off the presses from Routledge Press. Please see details below.

Muslim Women, Transnational Feminism and the Ethics of Pedagogy: Contested Imaginaries in Post 9/11 Cultural Practice, edited by Lisa K. Taylor and Jasmin Zine. New York: Routledge, 2014.

Following a long historical legacy, Muslim women’s lives continue to be represented and circulate widely as a vehicle of intercultural understanding within a context of the "war on terror." Following Edward Said’s thesis that these cultural forms reflect and participate in the power plays of empire, this volume examines the popular and widespread production and reception of Muslim women’s lives and narratives in literature, poetry, cinema, television and popular culture within the politics of a post-9/11 world. This edited collection provides a timely exploration into the pedagogical and ethical possibilities opened up by transnational, feminist, and anti-colonial readings that can work against sensationalized and stereotypical representations of Muslim women. It addresses the gap in contemporary theoretical discourse amongst educators teaching literary and cultural texts by and about Muslim Women, and brings scholars from the fields of education, literary and cultural studies, and Muslim women’s studies to examine the politics and ethics of transnational anti-colonial reading practices and pedagogy. The book features interviews with Muslim women artists and cultural producers who provide engaging reflections on the transformative role of the arts as a form of critical public pedagogy.

Book endorsement:

"This timely collection illuminates the impact ‘on the ground’ of popular neo-Orientalist representations of Muslim and Arab women, attending to the politicised market forces that materially shape the ‘reading encounter’. Providing fascinating case studies from book groups to children’s fiction, from television to theatre, and interviewing cultural producers from magazine editors to visual artists, contributors mix textual analysis and reception studies to layout out with alarming clarity the impact of civilisational stereotypes on the lives of Muslim and non-Muslim women and girls. Rarely have I seen the politics of reading and cultural consumption explored with such finesse and such compelling urgency."

-Reina Lewis (University of the Arts, London)

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