Citizenship, Faith, & Feminism: Jewish and Muslim Women Reclaim Their Rights (Hardcover)

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Religious women in liberal democracies are dual citizens because of their contrasting status as members of both a civic community (in which their gender has no impact on their constitutional guarantee of equal rights) and a traditional religious community (which distributes roles and power based on gender).
This book shows how these dual citizens Orthodox Jewish women in Israel, Muslim women in Kuwait, and women of both those faiths in the U.S. have increasingly deployed their civic citizenship rights in attempts to reform and not destroy their religions. For them, neither exit nor acquiescence to traditional religious gender norms is an option. Instead, they use the narrative of civic citizenship combined with a more authentic, if alternative reading of their faith tradition to improve their status.

About the Author


JAN FELDMAN is an associate professor of political science, specializing in political theory, at the University of Vermont. She is the author of Lubavitchers as Citizens: A Paradox of Liberal Democracy.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781584659723
ISBN-10: 1584659726
Publisher: Brandeis University Press
Publication Date: May 10th, 2011
Pages: 235
Language: English
Series: Brandeis Series on Gender