WOMEN SHAPING ISLAM: Reading the Quran in Indonesia Pieternella van Doorn-Harder

ISBN: 9780252073175

Published: October 5th 2006

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336 pages


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WOMEN SHAPING ISLAM: Reading the Quran in Indonesia  by  Pieternella van Doorn-Harder

WOMEN SHAPING ISLAM: Reading the Quran in Indonesia by Pieternella van Doorn-Harder
October 5th 2006 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 336 pages | ISBN: 9780252073175 | 8.74 Mb

In the United States, precious little is known about the active role Muslim women have played for nearly a century in the religious culture of Indonesia, the largest majority-Muslim country in the world. While much of the Muslim world excludes womenMoreIn the United States, precious little is known about the active role Muslim women have played for nearly a century in the religious culture of Indonesia, the largest majority-Muslim country in the world. While much of the Muslim world excludes women from the domain of religious authority, the countrys two leading Muslim organizations - Muhammadiyah and Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) - have created enormous networks led by women who interpret sacred texts and exercise powerful religious influence.

In Women Shaping Islam, Pieternella van Doorn-Harder explores the work of these contemporary women leaders, examining their attitudes toward the rise of radical Islamists- the actions of the authoritarian Soeharto regime- womens education and employment- birth control and family planning- and sexual morality. Ultimately, van Doorn-Harder reveals the many ways in which Muslim women leaders understand and utilize Islam as a significant force for societal change- one that ultimately improves the economic, social, and psychological condition of women in Indonesian society.



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