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Globalization, Gender, and Religion

The Politics of Women’s Rights in Catholic and Muslim Contexts

  • Editors
  • Jane H. Bayes
  • Nayereh Tohidi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Jane H. Bayes, Nayereh Tohidi
    Pages 1-15
  3. Nayereh Tohidi, Jane H. Bayes
    Pages 17-60
  4. Yvonne Galligan, Nuala Ryan
    Pages 87-106
  5. Celia Valiente
    Pages 107-125
  6. Heba Raouf Ezzat
    Pages 231-257
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 259-280

About this book


In the early 1970s accompanying the current wave of globalization, conservative nationalist religious movements began using religion to oppose non-democratic and often western oriented regimes. Reasserting patriarchal gender relations presumably authorized by religion has been central to these movements. At the Fourth United Nations Congress on Women in Beijing in 1995, Muslim and Catholic delegations from diverse countries united to oppose provisions on sexuality, reproductive rights, women's health, and women's rights as human rights. In this book, scholars from eight different Muslim and Catholic communities analyze the political strategies that women are employing in these contexts ranging from acceptance of traditional doctrines to various forms of resistance, religious reinterpretation, innovation, and political action toward change and equal rights.


gender globalization human rights innovation Nation politics religion United Nations women

About the authors

JANE BAYES is Professor of Political Science at California State University, Northridge where she teaches in the areas of women and politics and political economy.

NAYEREH TOHIDI is Assistant Professor of Womens Studies at California State University, Northridge. She teaches in the area of sociology of gender and social change in Muslim societies.

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