Between the Post-ethnic and the Unique: Exclusion of American Muslim Women and Policy- Making
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Barazangi, Nimat Hafez
Muslim women are treated in a similar manner by the media and the globalization political process. Because of this fusion between sensational media reporting and policy-making, combined with compartmentalized scholarship (area studies, Islamic studies, women's studies) and activism (Muslim vs. Western), a Muslim woman is often not viewed as an autonomous entity that could and should be involved in policy-making. This pattern of ignoring Muslim women's political participation is repeated even in the United States. With the exception of a few, the majority of American Muslim women of varying backgrounds and educational levels are neither involved in the domestic nor in the international affairs of the US. Hence, the issue is: how is it possible for the estimated three million American Muslim women to become a political reality to further the US democratic policy, the US Muslim political and legal rights, or Muslim women's human rights all over the world.
Copyright 2007, Nimat Hafez Barazangi. See also: http://www.eself-learning-arabic.cornell.edu/publications.htm#9
Nimat Hafez Barazangi
American Muslim women and policy-making; US policy-making and the media; Compartmentalized scholarship; Ethnicity and the discourse of "difference"
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