Gender Studies

Globalization, Gender, and Religion:The Politics of Women’s Rights in Catholic and Muslim Contexts

Jane H. Bayes and Nayereh Tohidi, eds., New York: Palgrave Publishers, 2001. 280 pages.

Globalization, Gender, and Religion: The Politics of Women’s Rights in Catholic and Muslim Contexts began at the 1995 United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing (FWCW). At this event, Jane H. Bayes and Nayereh Tohidi witnessed conservative Catholic and conservative Muslim groups unify around issues of sexuality, sexual orientation, and the control of women’s bodies. To understand the spectrum of opinions and better strategize the globalized women’s movement in Catholic and Muslim contexts, the editors brought together feminists from seven countries and one region to determine how religious Catholic and Muslim women dealt with their beliefs in equal rights, and contradictions in their religions and in the official policy of their religious authorities.

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