By Shahnaz Khan
Shahnaz Khan provides the voices of Muslim girls on how they build and maintain their Islamic identification. Khan interviewed fourteen Muslim ladies approximately their experience of strength, authenticity and position. Her severe research demanding situations the Western conception of Islam as monolithic and static.
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The idea of empire was also central to concerns of European feminists. Along with the right to vote, suffragettes claimed their rights as citizens of European empires. Serving in the colonies provided them with opportunities not available to women at home. As teachers, missionaries, anthropologists, travel writers, and wives of colonial administrators, European feminists, too, advanced maternal and imperialist notions toward colonial women with whom they came into contact (Strobel and Chaudhuri 1992).
Fanon (1967) calls this a zone of occult instability where everything is called into question. Here, articulations of new cultural demands, meanings, and strategies in the present become practices of collusion and resistance. Notwithstanding the references to Umma in religious discourse and popular imagination, Dossier III of the international group Women Living under Muslim Laws reminds us: "While similarities exist, the notion 20 / Aversion and Desire: Negotiating Muslim Female Identity in the Diaspora of a uniform Muslim world is a misconception imposed on us" (cited in Patel 1991,95).
Some Orientalists have been feminists, while others are non-Western. As Mohanty (1991b) has pointed out, often Western feminist discursive constructions of the "Third World woman" depict the lives of Muslim women as entirely determined by Islamic ideology and uninfluenced by global socioeconomic and political relations. Mohanty states that her critique pertains not only to Western feminists but also to analysis of "third world scholars writing about their own cultures, which employ identical analytic strategies" (1991b, 52).
Aversion and Desire: Negotiating Muslim Female Identity in the Diaspora by Shahnaz Khan