Women's Writing and Muslim Societies looks at the rise in works concerning Muslim societies by both western and Muslim women - from pioneering female travellers like Freya Stark and Edith Wharton in the early twentieth century, whose accounts of the Orient were usually playful and humorous, to the present day and such works as Azar Nafisi's Reading Lolita in Tehran and Betty Mahmoody's Not Without My Daughter, which present a radically different view of Muslim Societies marked by fear, hostility and even disgust. The author, Sharif Gemie, also considers a new range of female Muslim writers whose works suggest a variety of other perspectives that speak of difficult journeys, the problems of integration, identity crises and the changing nature of Muslim cultures; in the process, this volume examines varied journeys across cultural, political and religious borders, discussing the problems faced by female travellers, the problems of trans-cultural romances and the difficulties of constructing dialogue between enemy camps.
Sharif Gemie is Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the University of South Wales, and External Examiner for History at the University of Lancaster.
Introduction: A Party with a Hundred Women; On Dialogue, Orientalism and Women's Writing Not Without My Daughter A Hundred Women A Note on Generalisation The Hundred-Woman Party Chapter One: Travellers' Tales: A Typology Forms of Writing Women Writing to Women The Political in the Apolitical Writing about Women's Writing Chapter Two: Author and Self Travelling with an Orientalist Writer Other Voices: Ghost Writers Other Voices: Women Walking in Lawrence's Footsteps Motivations Dangerous Words: Violence and Writing Celebrity and Its Discontents Talking Cure Self and Other Writing as a Woman Western Writing, Muslim Writing The Muslim Writer as Individual Chapter Three: The Politics of Time and Space: A Fractured Modernity A Note on Definitions: Modernity and the Modern Exploring the Past Old Futures, New Pasts Past, Present and Future A Fractured Modernity The Public, the Private and the Global On Jane Austen and the Goon Show Chapter Four: Voyages in Manistan: The Female Traveller and the Secret Woman The Orientalists' Secret Saadawi: the Epistemological Break The New East: the Turn to Horror Beyond the Horror: the Secret Dancing Watching the Western Women Secrecy and Dialogue Love as Dialogue Chapter Five: Islam: Return Journeys The Rise of Islam New Muslims Islam from the Inside Mecca Islam and Modernity Chapter Six: Towards Dialogue? From 9/11 to Reading Lolita Four Journeys on the Road to Dialogue Conclusion A Hundred Answers At the Crossroads Goodbye to Orientalism