Caught in the Cross-Publics of the "Muslimwoman": A Talk by Lila Abu-Lughod

Tuesday, October 7
6:30 PM  - 8:00 PM
The Graduate Center, CUNY

Professor Lila Abu-Lughod will reflect on the passionate and polarized after-life of her attempt to intervene in debates about Muslim women and their rights through her book, Do Muslim Women Need Saving? Intended to present alternatives, through ethnography, to the mediated public production of what miriam cooke has called "the Muslimwoman," the work was greeted with silence by the targeted US liberal public. Yet two unanticipated marginalized publics took up the book-one with rage and the other with touching personal affirmation. What does this tell us about anthropology and transnational feminisms?

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