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Author Peshkova, Svetlana, author.

Title Women, Islam, and identity : public life in private spaces in Uzbekistan / Svetlana Peshkova.

Publication Info. Syracuse, New York : Syracuse University Press, 2014.


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Edition First edition.
Description 1 online resource (viii, 352 pages).
Series Gender and globalization
Gender and globalization.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 319-335) and index.
Note Online resource; title from e-book title screen (Project Muse platform, viewed November 20, 2014).
Summary "This pioneering ethnographic work centers on the dynamics of female authority within the religious life of a conservative Muslim community in the Fergana Valley of Uzbekistan. Peshkova draws upon several years of field research to chronicle the daily lives of women religious leaders, known as otinchalar, and the ways in which they exert a powerful influence in the religious life of the community. In this gender-segregated society, the Muslim women leaders have staked out a vibrant space in which they counsel and assist the women in their specific religious needs. Peshkova finds that otinchalar's religious leadership filters into other areas of society, producing social changes beyond the ritual realm and challenging stereotypical definitions of what it means to be a Muslim woman. Weaving together the stories of individuals' daily lives with her own journey to and from post-Soviet Central Asia, Peshkova provides a rich analysis of identity formation in Uzbekistan. She presents readers with a nuanced portrait of religion and social change that starts with an individual informed but not determined by the sociohistoric context of the region."--Provided by publisher.
Contents Self-formation and social change -- Doing our part: the social and the individual -- Nonliberatory discourses on women's rights -- Pedagogy and storytelling -- Changing lives and "national Islam" -- From a unique Uzbek nation to a unique individual -- Is it over? Not a conclusion.
Subject Muslim women -- Uzbekistan -- Social conditions.
Women's rights -- Uzbekistan.
Social change -- Religious aspects -- Islam.
Women -- Identity.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Minority Studies.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: 9780815633730 (DLC) 2014029021 (OCoLC)886381752
ISBN 9780815653059 (electronic bk.)
0815653050 (electronic bk.)
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