Of Virgins and Martyrs: Women and Sexuality in Global Conflict David Jacobson

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Of Virgins and Martyrs: Women and Sexuality in Global Conflict  by  David  Jacobson

Of Virgins and Martyrs: Women and Sexuality in Global Conflict by David Jacobson
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Womens bodies have become a battleground. Around the world, people argue about veiling, schooling for Afghan girls, and slutwalk protests, all of which involve issues of womens sexuality and freedom. Globalization, with its emphasis on human rightsMoreWomens bodies have become a battleground.

Around the world, people argue about veiling, schooling for Afghan girls, and slutwalk protests, all of which involve issues of womens sexuality and freedom. Globalization, with its emphasis on human rights and individuality, heats up these arguments. In Of Virgins and Martyrs, David Jacobson takes the reader on a fascinating tour of how self-identity developed throughout history and what individualism means for Muslim societies struggling to maintain a sense of honor in a globalized twenty-first century.Some patriarchal societies have come to see womens control of their own sexuality as a threat to a way of life that goes back thousands of years.

Many trace their lineage to tribal origins that were organized around the principle that womens sexuality represents the honor of male relatives and the good of the community at large. Anyone or anything that influences women to the contrary is considered a corrupting and potentially calamitous force.Jacobson analyzes the connection between tribal patriarchy and Muslim radicalism through an innovative tool--the tribal patriarchy index.

This index helps to illuminate why womens sexuality, dress, and image so compel militant Muslim outrage and sometimes violent action, revealing a deeper human story of how womens status defines competing moral visions of society and why this present clash is erupting with such ferocity.



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