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  • A uiet Revolution
  • Leila Ahmed
  • English
  • 21 October 2020
  • 9780300170955

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characters A uiet Revolution 107 In Cairo in the 1940s Leila Ahmed was raised by a generation of women who never dressed in the veils and headscarves their mothers and grandmothers had worn To them these coverings seemed irrelevant to both modern life and Islamic piety Today however the majority of Muslim women throughout the Islamic world again wear the veil Why Ahmed asks did this change take root so swiftly and what does this shift mean for women Islam and the WestWhen she began her study Ahmed assumed that the veil's return indi. A uiet Revolution the veil s resurgence from the Middle East to America is a fascinating and frustrating book Leila Ahmed currently teaching at Harvard writes from her perspective as a Muslim women born in the 1940s in Egypt and raised during a time when it was normal for women of her family upper middle class educated urban not to wear hijab head covering Thus her experience of the advocacy of many Western educated Muslims advocacy of a return to a pure form of Islam coupled with an increase in the wearing of hijab as a sign of this return is not welcome In Ahmed s understanding the rise of hijab is coupled with the rise of a type of Islam that calls for political activisim on the part of its practionersI found Ahmed s account a content rich description of the combination of political and religious activism of Muslims in Egypt and to a lesser extent Saudi Arabia in the last decades of the twentieth century In addition it covers the influx of students and later immigrants to the USA from majority Muslim countries in the last half of the twentieth century and the development of several organizations in the US This was the fascinating partUnfortunately the entire discussion is laced with the word Islamism which is never clearly defined This makes it difficult impossible to be clear about what Ahmed s position is At the first use of the word Islamism page 3 Introduction Ahmed states the appearance of hijab signals to her the presence of Islamism a political form of Islam which she associates with the Muslim Brotherhood and by implication in the next four paragraphs with violence Thus the word carries a negative connotation On page 9 she refers to Islamism as a term that becomes popular in the 1990s to describe a wider continuum of movements from moderate to militant The confused meaning of Islamism coupled with a lack of thesis statement made this book disappointingI do appreciate Ahmed s attempt to put the rise of hijab in historical and political context This is to me a very helpful way of looking at it and a perspective I haven t run across before The Poison Garden in the 1940s Leila Ahmed was raised by a generation of women who never dressed Kill Hill in the veils and headscarves their mothers and grandmothers had worn To them these coverings seemed Bumps in the Night irrelevant to both modern life and Islamic piety Today however the majority of Muslim women throughout the Islamic world again wear the veil Why Ahmed asks did this change take root so swiftly and what does this shift mean for women Islam and the WestWhen she began her study Ahmed assumed that the veil's return Dominic's Child indi. 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characters A uiet Revolution 107 Tion of activism in the cause of justice and social change It is often Islamists even than secular Muslims who are at the forefront of such contemporary activist struggles as civil rights and women's rights Ahmed's surprising conclusions represent a near reversal of her thinking on this topicRichly insightful intricately drawn and passionately argued this absorbing story of the veil's resurgence from Egypt through Saudi Arabia and into the West suggests a dramatically new portrait of contemporary Isl. Ahmed traces how meanings have developed surrounding Muslim women covering the hair on their heads The earliest meanings shared to some degree by all monotheistic societies pertained to God given roles in society Colonial actions of the nineteenth century added a new meaning viewing the veil a sign of the inferiority of Islam and Muslim societies and peoples as well as of Islam s degradation of women 44 By the 1920s Egyptian intelligentsia had accepted this view as demonstrated most clearly in the writings of asim Amin who called for the unveiling of women as part of social changes in imitation of European society From the 1920s to 1960s urban women throughout the Arab world tended not to wear headscarfs According to Ahmed this does not mean that women had lost their piety Instead she claims Islamists have recast the 1920s to 1960s as a secular age a time when women had given up on veiling because they were no longer devout or even believing Muslims and had given up on Islam 47 With the growing popularity of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood from the 1970s Egyptian women increasingly chose to cover the hair on their heads By the late twentieth century wearing a veil had become a personal choice Among the plethora of reasons a woman might choose to cover her hair was increasing social pressure as people grew to embrace the decision and encouraged others to follow their example Why did people choose to embrace this custom Ahmed attributes this mass acceptance of social change to the appeal of the Muslim Brotherhood The group took an early stance in the 1930s in support of Palestine against British policy and in defiance of the Egyptian government which supported British policy at the time 51 Also the Brotherhood called for social justice with Arab unity as a step toward Islamic unity 52 To this day the Brotherhood and the movement that it inspired among Muslims throughout the world strives for social justice Ahmed s book consists of two parts The first narrates the history of the custom of veiling and I have attempted to summarize that history above The second part discusses instances of Islamic feminism in the United States that Ahmed sees as having branched from the Islamist movement that the Egyptian Brotherhood began One of the distinguishing traits of the groups and individuals that Ahmed names is their strong identification as Muslims They tend to present themselves and their work activism charity advocacy research writing lecturing and so on as Muslim first and foremost This of course aims to increase unity among Muslims The most obvious disadvantage is that such a stance may downplay unity among other social groups to which individuals belong However especially post 911 many Muslims felt the need to reclaim their Muslim identity in recognition of the tragedyI think that Ahmed s book succeeds in offering a balanced account Ahmed admits that her book is limited to Egypt and the United States but that the trends she traces stretch farther I think that exploration of how such trends stretch farther to other geographical locations would certainly enhance this book and its usefulness Ahmed writes as a scholar first and foremost noting trends offering observations and analyses She does not write primarily as a woman a Muslim or an American for instance I do not see any clear calls for action So I recommend the book to other scholars and those interested in learning about why some Muslim women cover the hair on their heads especially those in Egypt and the United States For those who want personal reflections calls for action or explorations of trends implications they will need to resort to other booksand perhaps future writings by AhmedAlso if you are interested in how women are rising in leadership positions in the Muslim community then you would probably like to see Veiled Voices a documentary of interviews with women in Lebanon Egypt and Syria The official website YouTube at time of writing Gangbanged and Bred by His Daddys Friends in the cause of justice and social change It Eyes of a Child is often Islamists even than secular Muslims who are at the forefront of such contemporary activist struggles as civil rights and women's rights Ahmed's surprising conclusions represent a near reversal of her thinking on this topicRichly Marked Northern Shifters #1 insightful Bombay Bound intricately drawn and passionately argued this absorbing story of the veil's resurgence from Egypt through Saudi Arabia and Spring 49 A Journal of Archetype and Culture into the West suggests a dramatically new portrait of contemporary Isl. 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characters A uiet Revolution 107 Cated a backward step for Muslim women worldwide What she discovered however in the stories of British colonial officials young Muslim feminists Arab nationalists pious Islamic daughters American Muslim immigrants violent jihadists and peaceful Islamic activists confounded her expectations Ahmed observed that Islamism with its commitments to activism in the service of the poor and in pursuit of social justice is the strain of Islam most easily and naturally merging with western democracies' own tradi. Chapters 1 2 and 3 of this book are a must read on the British colonial influences that suppressed traditional Egyptian dress at the turn of the 20th century and the surprising appearance of the modern hijab in Egypt after 1973 If you are interested in this topic I strongly recommend this compelling sociological overview however incomplete it may be from an insider perspectiveHowever the rest of the book can be completely dismissed Don t even look at it as Ardene s review states it s dominated by an undefined and mystifying term called Islamism which the author tries to distinguish from Islam to no avail The prologue to part 2 can be read ironically as the author almost becoming self aware of the failure of her terminology I would argue that this confusion reduces chapters 4 11 to meaninglessness Events and people are discussed but no coherent narrative is formed and in part 2 the discussion drifts completely away from the history of the hijab and into the author s personal fantasies about third world feminism I also dislike this book s complete reliance on English language sources Colonial primary sources are coherently analyzed in chapter 1 but not a single Arabic language source is cited which contributes to the uselessness of the later chapters