Human Rights Review quote Sharply observed take on the Western impulse to save oppressed Muslim women and the wider political, legal and cultural issues at stake. Lila Abu-Lughod's book is a critical reflection on this mushrooming industry, and its representatives, representations and bureaucracy She critically assesses the vast number of sensational representations of women, written by Muslims and others, about the general repression in a so-called IslamLand.
Edit "Anthropologists should now pursue, without exaggerated hopes for the power of their texts to change the world, a variety of strategies for writing against culture.
When you save someone, you imply that you are saving her from something. You are also saving her to something. What violences are entailed in this transformation, and what presumptions are being made about the superiority of that to which you are saving her?
Projects of saving other women depend on and reinforce a sense of superiority by Westerners, a form of arrogance that deserves to be challenged. Byshe had graduated with an undergraduate degree from Carleton College and achieved her PhD from Harvard University in Considered the specialist of the Arab world, Abu-Lughod is very well known for her work on gender and postcolonial theory in the Middle East.
In the late s, she spent two years in Egypt studying an indigenous nomadic group. Furthermore, to understand Islam and the role of the women and their cultural practices in this religion. She published her first book called Veiled Sentiments in which features her field research on the Bedouin community in Egypt.
Having done many fieldwork, she starts to notice the bias surrounding ethnographic research and questions its legitimacy. Abu-Lughod also tries to promote feminist ethnography, a field that she argues has been overshadowed and undermined by the ethnographies dominated by Occidental men.
However, her being a feminist does not stop her from seeing the flaws in the works of feminist philosophers such as that of cultural feminists. Her article Writing Against Culture widely popularized this otherwise relatively unknown concept.
Her works bear tribute to hermeneutic theorists placement of importance on the value of meaning, such as Clifford Geertz. With this critical turn, Lila shines a light on modern injustices with gender equality and the western perception of non-western worlds.
Through many of her works, she critiques feminist discourses and she challenges the cultural relativism and the constant normative othering of Islam and the Muslim women. She argues that it is government structures, politics and economics that cause the suppression and the shift in geopolitics that criticize Islamic populations and Islamic women thus creating negative stereotype of Arab societies and the assumption that Muslim women are in need of liberation.
This school of thought depicts the importance on the meanings in the actions and thoughts of people based on their historical content and the critique of representation.
Hermeneutics anthropologists like Lughod and Renato Rosaldo challenge the traditional forms of representation of culture and rely on Marxist theory to strengthen their critiques. Lughod refers to Orientalism to show how theorists should adopt new form of knowledge to properly represent the culture being studied.
Sources Edit Abu-Lughod, L. Orientalism and Middle East feminist studies. Working in the Present, edited by R. School of American Research Press. A Break from Dominant Feminist Discourse. Retrieved 1 December,from http:In this article, Lila Abu-Lughod critizes the images of muslim women that are constructed in the "West" especially after 9/ "We have to resist the reductive interpretation of veiling as the quintessential sign of women's unfreedom", she writes.
Lila Abu-Lughod is the daughter of the prominent Palestinian academic Ibrahim Abu-Lughod and of Janet L. Abu-Lughod, née Lippman, a leading American urban sociologist. She graduated from Carleton College in , and obtained her PhD from Harvard University in Lila Abu-Lughod Solutions to writing against culture 1 study, practice, and discourse 2 look for connections, not differences 3 ethongraphy of the particular culture.
Read "Writing Women's Worlds Bedouin Stories" by Lila Abu-Lughod with Rakuten Kobo. Lila Abu-Lughod draws on anthropological and feminist insights to construct a . My second book, Writing Women’s Worlds, framed as a feminist ethnography, used individual stories to make a larger argument about “writing against culture” (writing against typifications of social structure and cultural form by attending to internal argument, individual lives, and complex social dynamics) as a means of intervening in vexed .
Lila Abu-Lughod is widely recognized for her work as a feminist anthropologist, a public intellectual, and an ethnographer of the Middle East. We are pleased to announce the following events featuring Lila Abu-Lughod, Professor at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Columbia The.