RE: Rogue Males by Lionel Tiger

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Date: Thu Jan 24 2002 - 18:37:54 GMT

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    >To get a far better understanding of the role of women in Arab Muslim
    >culture, see, e.g. Elizabeth Fernea GUESTS OF THE SHEIK. Fernea has also
    >written IN SEARCH OF ISLAMIC FEMINISM. Both of these books are readily
    >available and easy enough to read.
    >The description of the role of women in Islam given below is quite wrong,
    >and, among other things, deeply confuses Islamic and Aran practices with
    >Taliban and repressive Pushtanwali practices.

    I lived in southern Africa, and it infuriates me to hear people lump
    all of Africa together as if it is one big homogenous culture, which
    it ain't. I appreciate your point. However I think the conditions I
    describe are not isolated to only the Pashtun tribe and the Taliban.
    My description was based on the book "Shabanu, Daughter of the Wind",
    whose author, Suzanne Fisher Staples, lived with a nomadic tribe in
    Pakistan for three years, and in the Middle East as a journalist for
    thirteen. Her book, although fictionalized, is based on that
    experience, and has won numerous awards. It is also a YA book (Young
    Adult). How widespread these repressive conditions are I can't speak

    She discusses with great sympathy the very issue that Stephen and I
    are talking about: women who have so little power over their destiny
    are forced to either survive within that culture by the means which
    Stephen describes, or to not survive. Which is my point. That there
    really is no choice. The power which Stephen is attributing to these
    women is negligible in the face of the great disparity. Perhaps part
    of the difficulty that Stephen and I are having is that he is coming
    at it from his own experience which is quite different from the
    situation described in this book.

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