Do Muslim Women Need Saving?

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DO MUSLIM WOMEN NEED SAVING? Lia Abu-Lughod Book Review “Writing against culture” The book “Do Muslim Women Need Saving?” by the Lila Abu-Lughod, an academic who has lived many years observing women in the Middle East and the West has a meaning of the most basic conditions of the Muslim women’s lives which are set by political, and economical ethics. She also evaluates the beliefs of the international movement of speeches about ‘the demoralized Muslim women. Her motivation on examining how individual Muslim women experience freedom, rights and restrictions brings a much-needed perception. As an anthropologist who had lived for so long with women in communities where everyone was Muslim, she was forced to reflect on what she could do with the perspective her ethnographic work had given her. The first principle of ethnography, which contains participating in daily life, is to listen and watch, understand something about women’s lives, where women’s rights needed defending. This book is to figure out how to think about the question of Muslim women and their rights. After the attacks of September 11, 2001, the images of demoralized Muslim women became connected to a charge to saving them from their cultures. The stereotyping of the Terror made Muslim women a symbol of an alien culture. Lila Abu-Lughod describes how Islam has been transformed and how its women have become the excuse for political and military interventions. These women’s live show us how varied and complicated a woman’s suffering can be. From the abuse of power by security police in Egypt, the most basic conditions of these women’s lives are set by political forces that are local in effect but national and international in origin. The book contains six chapters. In the first chapter, “Do Muslim Women (Still) Need Saving?”, Abu-Lughod characterizes the Western women’s rights

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