Feminism and Islamic Fundamentalism: The Limits of by Haideh Moghissi

By Haideh Moghissi

An available creation to postmodernism, feminist conception and Islamic fundamentalism, this publication is a hugely debatable intervention into the controversy on postmodernism and feminism which appears to be like at what occurs after they are together hired to light up the sexual politics of Islam. the writer describes the increase of Islamic fundamentalism and the West's reaction to it. Postmodernism has uncovered the vested pursuits implicit in racist stereotyped and colonial pictures of Islam, rather radical Islam. in spite of the fact that, the writer argues that whatever the refined argument of postmodernists and their suspicion of energy, as an highbrow and political circulate, postmodernism has placed itself in provider to energy and the established order. She brilliantly demonstrates how this has given upward thrust to a neo-conservative feminism--or a brand new feminist orientalism, asking a few tough questions of these who denounce the racism of Western feminism yet uncritically include the Islamic id of Muslim ladies.

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Whereas Schwarzenegger's character has softened considerably in the sequel to the first Terminatormovie, Linda Hamilton's Sarah Connor has become as emotionally hard as her muscles. This machine can never be a man, but because he is so faithful,so reliable, and because he chooses at the end to sacrifice himself for the boy, this Terminator can stand in for the father the boy has never known and, in so doing, he can symbolicallyfather the human race, which, withouthim, would have ceased to exist.

The general repudiationof Anita Hill'ssexual harassment charges is symptomatic of, on the one hand, the undeniable grip of sexism still prevailing, but also of the weak response a politics of identitywill be able to make in the face of that sexism. The politics of image despises the image but also lives and dies for the image, since that comes to be the only grounds of political evaluation: Is that a good image or a bad image? The politicsof identityembraces a similar contradiction. A group accepts its singularityas a social category-of race, or sex, or sexual persuasion, for example-as the basis for identifying a common struggle.

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