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Nasrin Gone Global: A Critique of Taslima Nasrin’s Criticism of Islam and Her Feminist Strategy

Hasan, Md. Mahmudul (2016) Nasrin Gone Global: A Critique of Taslima Nasrin’s Criticism of Islam and Her Feminist Strategy. South Asia Research, 36 (2). pp. 167-185. ISSN 0262-7280

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Abstract

Taslima Nasrin’s writings, which are extremely critical of Islam, have sparked controversy over the contents of her feminist work and strategy. Although many dismiss these writings as an anti-Islamic provocation, her ideas are well-received in the West, where she is celebrated as a feminist rebel who defies the supposedly suffocating Bangladeshi Islamic patriarchy. Unlike earlier Islamic feminists, especially Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, who re-examined Islamic teachings in the light of locally prevalent gender discrimination, Nasrin directs her attacks against religion itself, putting almost the entire blame of gender injustice on it. In light of Rokeya’s work and strategy, and current struggles in Bangladesh to fine-tune the nation’s vision, the present article critically analyses Nasrin’s overly negative views of Islam and assesses the validity and efficacy of her feminist approach in Bangladesh society.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 6409/51308
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ1101 Women. Feminism
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP87 Islamic Literature. Islamic authors > BP89 History and criticism
P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of English Language & Literature
Depositing User: Dr. Md. Mahmudul Hasan
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2016 01:19
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2016 09:00
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/51308

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