Do Muslim Women Need Freedom? Traditionalist Feminisms and Transnational Politics

@article{Khader2016DoMW,
  title={Do Muslim Women Need Freedom? Traditionalist Feminisms and Transnational Politics},
  author={Serene J. Khader},
  journal={Politics \& Gender},
  year={2016},
  volume={12},
  pages={727 - 753}
}
The idea that Muslim women need to be liberated from religion and tradition has animated feminist support for imperialist projects. The idea that tradition itself is women's oppressor prevents Western feminists from perceiving cultural and religious destruction as potentially harmful. In this article, I make conceptual space for traditionalist feminisms by showing that feminism does not require any particular stance toward tradition as such. What should matter to feminists is whether the… 
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