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Between Warrior Brother and Veiled Sister

Islamic Fundamentalism and the Politics of Patriarchy in Iran

Minoo Moallem (Author)

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Paperback, 278 pages
ISBN: 9780520243453
July 2005
$34.95, £27.00
Minoo Moallem challenges the mainstream stereotypical representation of Islam and Muslims as backward, fanatical, and premodern by showing how Islamic nationalism and fundamentalism are by-products of modernity. Writing with a deep personal and scholarly concern for recent Iranian history, Moallem refers to the gendered notions of brother and sister as keys to understanding the invention of the Islamic ummat as a modern fraternal community. Using magazines, novels, and films, she offers a feminist transnational analysis of contemporary Iranian culture that questions dominant binaries of modern and traditional, West and East, secular and religious, and civilized and barbaric.

Between Warrior Brother and Veiled Sister responds to a number of important questions raised in connection with 9/11. The author considers how veiling intersects with other identity markers in nation-state building and modern formations of gendered citizenship. She shows how Islamic nationalism and fundamentalism are fed by a hybrid blend of images and myths of both pre-Islamic and Islamic Iran, as well as globally circulated patriarchal ideologies.

1. Fields of Visibility
2. The Civic Body and the Order of the Visible
3. The Tragic Paradox of Revolution
4. The Sacralization of Politics and the Desacralization of Religion
5. Transnationalism, Feminism, and Fundamentalism

Glossary of Important Names and Terms
Minoo Moallem is Professor and Chair of Women Studies at San Francisco State University. She is the coeditor of Between Women and Nation: Transnational Feminisms and the State (1999).
“A thoughtful consideration of the emergence of postrevolutionary Iranian Islamist political discourse, the role of masculinity in the constructed Muslim political community, its effect on women, and the rise of an indigenous Islamist feminism.”—Intl Journal Of Middle East Stds (Ijmes)
"This is a stunning and original book. It will intervene in existing fields and discourses to change the way Islamic fundamentalism is viewed in the West."—Caren Kaplan, Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies and Chair of Cultural Studies at the University of California Davis.

"Between Warrior Brother and Veiled Sister is an original and venturesome piece of work. It is daring in its willingness to test just how far the definition of 'fundamentalism' might be extended in contemporary Iran. It sketches lucidly the gendered crises of identity that have emerged there in the wake of colonization/Europeanization and decolonization."—Parama Roy, Associate Professor of English at UC Riverside, author of Indian Traffic: Identities in Question in Colonial and Postcolonial India.

"Between Warrior Brother and Veiled Sister is ground-breaking, enlightening, and challenges mainstream constructions of Islam as fanatic and backward. This book will similarly contribute to the writings on race and gender relations, religion and secularism, cultural nationalism, religious fundamentalism, and popular culture and visual media. The personal, biographical and visual examples are effective in making the more nuanced and complex theoretical arguments tangible and provocative. Exciting and innovative."—Ella Shohat, Professor of Cultural Studies, New York University

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