• Book Launch – Islamic Feminism in Kuwait: The Politics & Paradoxes
APR 16, 2013 | 6:30 PM TO 8:30 PM
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
April 16, 2013: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Why are conservative Islamists winning elections? Why are educated and professional Muslim women still choosing to wear the veil? Many of the populist revolutions we are witnessing in the Middle East focus on the legitimate grievances of marginalized groups and populations. This book highlights the voices of cultural elites in the oil-rich State of Kuwait, where we have witnessed a modern suffrage movement since women were given their political rights in 2005. The result is a new brand of feminism, one born out of a traditional and culturally conservative climate, which gives Islamic feminists in Kuwait the edge they need to soar to new heights.
Dr. Alessandra L. González is a post-doctoral research associate at John Jay College, CUNY, and a research fellow at the Institute for the Studies of Religion (ISR) at Baylor University in Texas. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in sociology from Baylor University and received a B.A. in sociology and policy studies from Rice University. She is the principal investigator of the Islamic Social Attitudes Survey Project (ISAS), a study in conjunction with Baylor ISR on Islamic Religiosity and Social Attitudes, including Women’s Rights Attitudes in the Arab Gulf Region.