Between Warrior Brother and Veiled Sister: Islamic by Minoo Moallem

By Minoo Moallem

Minoo Moallem demanding situations the mainstream stereotypical illustration of Islam and Muslims as backward, fanatical, and premodern through displaying how Islamic nationalism and fundamentalism are by-products of modernity. Writing with a deep own and scholarly trouble for contemporary Iranian heritage, Moallem refers back to the gendered notions of brother and sister as keys to realizing the discovery of the Islamic ummat as a contemporary fraternal group. utilizing magazines, novels, and flicks, she bargains a feminist transnational research of latest Iranian tradition that questions dominant binaries of recent and conventional, West and East, secular and spiritual, and civilized and barbaric. among Warrior Brother and Veiled Sister responds to a couple of very important questions raised in reference to Sep 11. the writer considers how veiling intersects with different id markers in countryside construction and sleek formations of gendered citizenship. She exhibits how Islamic nationalism and fundamentalism are fed through a hybrid mix of pictures and myths of either pre-Islamic and Islamic Iran, in addition to globally circulated patriarchal ideologies.

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To grasp the complexity of the political crisis before us—the new and expanding forms of globalization, the massive presence of Middle Eastern diasporic communities in Western countries, and the new forms of racism directed against Muslims and Arabs—we need a transnational perspective now more than ever. Seeking to help Wll this need, I analyze racial, sexual, and gender formations in the context of Iranian modernity and postmodernity through a transnational framework. I argue that the signiWer of Muslim women, so prevalent in current Western representational practices, cannot be truly examined without stepping outside of the limitations of civilizational thinking; for, to put it bluntly, the borders of barbarism and civilization—and thus the terms of entry into the civilized world—are drawn by women’s bodies, signifying their association with, or possession by, either a civilized or a barbaric community of men.

Throughout this book I am deeply interested in the politics of the image and the ways in which it dominates and seduces by investing power in particular signiWers, tropes, and descriptions. Seeking to understand this investment of power by problematizing its historical and textual context, I wish to open up space for a critique of patriarchal notions of community and solidarity, as well as global notions of sisterhood. The title of the volume, Between Warrior Brother and Veiled Sister, refers to the gendered notions of sister and brother as keys to understanding the invention of the ummat as a preexisting fraternal and patriarchal Muslim community.

S. 27 I utilize key concepts from several disciplines. I deploy the Foucauldian concept of a “discursive formation” and combine it with the notion of systems of representation familiar from cultural studies to examine what I call “Welds of visibility” within Iranian modernity. The discursive formation model illuminates the way meanings and knowledge are produced to construct particular subject positions. Concepts and tools from cultural studies are important in my analysis of visual material and image-based discourses.

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