Reshaping the Holy

Democracy, Development, and Muslim Women in Bangladesh

Elora Shehabuddin

Columbia University Press

Reshaping the Holy

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Pub Date: July 2008

ISBN: 9780231141574

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Reshaping the Holy

Democracy, Development, and Muslim Women in Bangladesh

Elora Shehabuddin

Columbia University Press

Through extensive field research, Elora Shehabuddin explores the profound implications of women's political and social mobilization for reshaping Islam. Specifically, she examines the lives of Muslim women in Bangladesh who have become increasingly mobilized by the activities of predominantly secular NGOs, yet who desire to retain, reclaim, and reshape-rather than reject-their faith. In their employment and in their interactions with the legal system, the state, NGOs, and political and religious groups, women are changing state practices, views of women in the public sphere, and the nature of lived Islam itself. In contrast to most work on Islam and Muslims, which has focused on the Middle East and has privileged the study of religious and legal texts, this book redirects our attention to South Asia, home to one of the largest Muslim populations in the world, and emphasizes the actual experiences of Muslims. Women and gender, as well as Bangladesh's formally democratic context, are central to this inquiry and analysis.
Reshaping the Holy: Democracy, Development, and Muslim Women in Bangladesh is a welcome addition to what we know about Bangladesh, Islam, and development practices. Journal of Asian Studies
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
1. Gender, Islam, and Politics in Bangladesh
2. Gender and Social Reform
3. "A Little Money for Tea": Rural Women's Encounters with the State
4. Contesting Development: Between Islamist and Secularist Perspectives
5. Democracy on the Ground
6. Beyond Muslim Motherhood
Coda
Notes
Works Cited
Index

About the Author

Elora Shehabuddin is assistant professor of humanities and political science at the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Rice University. She is the author of Empowering Rural Women: The Impact of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh.