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WOMEN SHAPING ISLAM: Reading the Qu'ran in Indonesia Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0252073175 ISBN-10: 0252073177 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 1 edition (October 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252073177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252073175
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,070,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Given the current interest in women and gender issues in Islam, and scholarly neglect of Islam in Southeast Asia, this book provides a wonderful addition to the literature. . . . Based on extensive fieldwork in Indonesia, the book skillfully weaves interviews, songs, observations, written materials, and theoretical insight into a highly readable account of how Muslim women in a specific context negotiate their roles in modern Muslim society. . . . Highly recommended."--Choice

Book Description

The surprising work of women in, on, and through Islam.


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 women from the domain of religious authority, the country’s 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; women’s 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
Written by Pieternella Van Doorn-Harder (associate professor of Islam and World Religions, Valparaiso University), Women Shaping Islam: Reading the Qur'an in Indonesia is an exploration of the active role Muslim women have played in the religious culture of Indonesia, the largest majority-Muslim country in the world. Though a large amount of the Muslim world excludes women from religious authority, Indonesia's two leading Muslim organizations have crafted networks led by women who interpret sacred texts and wield notable religious influence. Women Shaping Islam discusses the history, current standing, and future of women in both these organizations (the Muhammadiyah and the Nahdlatul Ulama) with a scholarly eye toward accuracy, meticulous detail, and cultural context. An invaluable insight into the great sphere of influence of female Indonesian religious leaders, and a "must-read" for all students and scholars examining Islam and the Muslim world.
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