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Women And Honor

Author : Adrienne Cécile Rich
ISBN : UVA:X000670306
Genre : Minorities
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Category: Minorities

Worship Women And War

Author : John J. Collins
ISBN : 9781930675971
Genre : Religion
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Celebrate the career of an inspirational scholar and teacher concerned with revealing voices from the margins This volume of essays honors Susan Niditch, author of War in the Hebrew Bible: A Study in the Ethics of Violence (1993), “My Brother Esau Is a Hairy Man”: Hair and Identity in Ancient Israel (2008), and most recently, The Responsive Self: Personal Religion in Biblical Literature of the Neo-Babylonian and Persian Periods (forthcoming), among other influential publications. Essays touch on topics such as folklore, mythology, and oral history, Israelite religion, ancient Judaism, warfare, violence, and gender. Features: Essays from nineteen scholars, all experts in their fields Exploration of texts from Mesopotamia, the Hebrew Bible, and the New Testament Bibliography of Niditch's scholarly contributions
Category: Religion

Over Their Dead Bodies

Author : Sarah Smiles
ISBN : OCLC:787840964
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In this thesis I argue that the threats of conflict and war that manifested unde r the regime of the former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, led to a broad declin e in women's legal and social status throughout his reign (1979-2003). Whereas t he Iraqi Ba'th Party initially touted a progressive platform towards women by en hancing women's legal rights and role in the public sphere - albeit at a superfi cial level - I demonstrate how threats of war and conflict reshaped gender ideol ogies, gender relations and state-society relations to the detriment of women th roughout Saddam Hussein's rule. By charting the decline of women's status in correlation to conflict under Sadda m, I argue that women's bodies and sexualities were objectified during the Iran- Iraq War (1980-1988), as the state manipulated gender constructs and ideologies in its propaganda to rally the nation to battle. In promoting forms of hyper-tr ibal masculinity in galvanizing men to fight, women were inversely symbolized as the very property and "soil" of the nation that soldiers were charged to defend - the "motherland" which required protection lest her honor be breached. Here I argue that threats of war and conflict further objectified Iraqi women by rousing codes of honor and shame that created concentric circles of oppression around women at a national, community and familial level. In the face of such th reats, women came under pressure to uphold the besieged honor of their collectiv ities. Looking to the 1991 Gulf War and ensuing period of sanctions, I argue that the i mpact of war and sanctions on the infrastructural power of the state led the reg ime to renegotiate its policy toward women. In countering its diminished power a nd ability to control society, the regime began leaning on traditional, gendered forms of social control to enhance its stability, which saw women increasingly targeted for violence.

Women And War

Author : Jean Bethke Elshtain
ISBN : 0226206262
Genre : History
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Jean Elshtain examines how the myths of Man as "Just Warrior" and Woman as "Beautiful Soul" serve to recreate and secure women's social position as noncombatants and men's identity as warriors. Elshtain demonstrates how these myths are undermined by the reality of female bellicosity and sacrificial male love, as well as the moral imperatives of just wars.
Category: History

African American Women S Rhetoric

Author : Deborah F. Atwater
ISBN : 9780739131992
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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African American Women's Rhetoric: The Search for Dignity, Personhood, and Honor deals with the rhetoric of African American women from enslavement to current times, examining slave narratives and contemporary print, music, and other media surrounding the lives of African American women. Covering a variety of specific women and their rhetoric within the context of a historical period, the book provides central themes and strategic and social concerns of African American women and their environment. It frames, in some, cases, the rhetoric of contemporary women in politics and other fields of prominence_including Condoleeza Rice and Barbara Lee, among others. Deborah F. Atwater explores how African women today who engage in speech in the public sphere come from a historical line of active women who have been outspoken in politics, education, business, and various social contexts; heretofore, these women have not been studied in a comprehensive manner. Specifically, how do these African American women discuss themselves, and_more importantly_how do they represent who they are in various communities? How do these women persuade their diverse audiences to value what they say and who they are?African American Women's Rhetoric will be an invaluable contribution to upper-division undergraduate and graduate courses in Rhetoric, African American Rhetoric, History, and Women's Studies.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

On Lies Secrets And Silence Selected Prose 1966 1978

Author : Adrienne Rich
ISBN : 9780393348118
Genre : Social Science
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In this collection of prose writings, one of America's foremost poets and feminist theorists reflects upon themes that have shaped her life and work. At issue are the politics of language; the uses of scholarship; and the topics of racism, history, and motherhood among others called forth by Rich as "part of the effort to define a female consciousness which is political, aesthetic, and erotic, and which refuses to be included or contained in the culture of passivity."
Category: Social Science

Hermeneutics And Honor

Author : Asma Afsaruddin
ISBN : 0932885217
Genre : Political Science
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Women's traversal of public space in Islamic/ate societies and the ensuing process of negotiating gendered identities are the central concerns of this collection of essays. The dichotomy between private and public spheres, upheld as axiomatic for most societies, has recently been challenged by scholars as an artificial construct. For women in particular, the demarcation between the two spheres has become blurred by the enormous public consequences of their private behavior. Elaborate cultural codes of honor and traditional, masculinist interpretations of scripture have reinforced the public-private polarity and restricted Muslim women's access to the public realm as conventionally defined. The distinguished contributors to this volume provide insight into how women from different social strata and historical periods in various Islamic/ate societies have creatively engaged with these limitations upon their behavior.
Category: Political Science

In Honor Of Fadime

Author : Anna Paterson
ISBN : 9781459627284
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In 2002 young Fadime Sahindal was brutally muurdered by her own father. She belonged to a family of Kurdish immigrants who had lived in Sweden for almost two decades. But Fadime's relationship with a man outside of their community had deeply dishonored her family, and only her death could remove the stain. This abhorrent crime shocked the world, and her name soon became a rallying cry in the struggle to combat so - called honor killings. Unni Wikan narrates Fadime's heartbreaking story through her own eloquent words, along with the testimonies of her father, mother, and two sisters. What unfolds is a tale of courage and betrayal, loyalty and love, power and humiliation, and a nearly unfathomable clash of cultures. Despite enduring years of threats over her emancipated life, Fadime advocated compassion for her killers to the end, believing them to be trapped by an unyielding code of honor. Wikan puts this shocking event in context by analyzing similar honor killings, which are increasing throughout Europe and have now been reported in Canada and the United States. She also examines the concept of honor in historical and cross - cultural depth, concluding that Islam itself is not to blame - - indeed, honor killings occur across religious and ethnic traditions - - but rather the way that many cultures have resolutely linked honor with violence. In Honor of Fadime holds profound and timely insights into Islamic culture, but ultimately the heart of this powerful book is Fadime's courageous and tragic story - - and Wikan's telling of it is riveting.