Book:U.S. foreign policy and Muslim women's human rights / Kelly J. Shannon.:[2018] Book U.S. foreign policy and Muslim women's human rights / Kelly J. Shannon.
U.S. foreign policy and Muslim women's human rights / Kelly J. Shannon.
Author: Shannon, Kelly J
Publication year: [2018]
Language: English
Call Number JZ1480.A55 S43 2018
Media class: Book
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812249675 0812249674
Series title: Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights
Extent: x, 269 pages ; 24 cm.
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"Americans' concerns about women's human rights in Muslim countries were triggered by the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and have evolved within the context of long-standing Western stereotypes about Muslims, as well as transnational feminism and the global human rights movement. As these frameworks simultaneously competed against and reinforced one another, U.S. public conversations about Muslim women intensified, culminating in feminist campaigns and U.S. policies that aimed to defend women's rights in Islamic countries--such was the case with the Clinton administration's decision not to recognize the Taliban regime after they seized control of Afghanistan in 1996. U.S. Foreign Policy and Muslim Women's Human Rights provides a fresh interpretation of U.S. relations with the Muslim world and, more broadly, U.S. foreign relations history and the history of human rights. Kelly J. Shannon argues that, as U.S. attention to the Middle East and other Muslim-majority regions became more focused and sustained, the issue of women's human rights in Islamic societies was one that Americans gradually identified as vitally important to U.S. foreign policy. Based on an analysis of a wide range of sources--including U.S. government and United Nations documents, oral histories, NGO archival records, news media, scholarship, films and television, and novels--and a wide range of actors including journalists, academics, activists, NGOs, the public, Muslim women, Islamic fundamentalists, and U.S. policymakers--the book challenges traditional interpretations of U.S. foreign policy that assert the primacy of "hard power" concerns in U.S. decision making. By reframing U.S.-Islamic relations with respect to women's rights, and revealing faulty assumptions about the drivers of U.S. foreign policy, Shannon sheds new light on U.S. identity and policy creation and alters the standard narratives of the U.S. relationship with the Muslim world in the closing years of the Cold War and the emergence
of the post-Cold War era"--Provided by publisher.
Battling the veil : American reactions to the Iranian revolution -- Muslim women in U.S. public discourse after 1979 -- Sisterhood is global : transnational feminism and Islam -- The first Gulf War and Saudi "gender apartheid" -- Female genital mutilation and U.S. policy in the 1990s -- The Taliban, feminist activism, and the Clinton administration -- Muslim women's human rights and U.S. foreign policy since 9/11.

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