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Islamic Feminism in Kuwait: The Politics and Paradoxes. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

As Islamic states struggle to modernize and, in some cases, democratize, the issue of women's rights continues to elicit strong feelings and controversy and there are many paradoxes surrounding the idea of Islamic Feminism. Why are conservative Islamists winning elections? Why are educated and professional Muslim women still choosing to wear the veil? Many of the populist revolutions we are witnessing in the Middle East focus on the legitimate grievances of marginalized groups and populations. This book highlights the voices of cultural elites in the oil-rich State of Kuwait, where a modern suffrage movement culminated in giving women their political rights in 2005. The result is a new brand of feminism, one born out of a traditional and culturally conservative climate, which gives Islamic Feminists in Kuwait the edge they need to soar to new heights.

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Nominated for Book of the Year awards by the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, and the National Women’s Studies Association.

Reviewed by Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Sociology of Islam, Contemporary Islam, the Journal of Church and State, the Journal of Middle East Women's Studies, Middle East Media and Book Reviews Online and listed in the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures Online.

Used for course instruction at Kuwait International Law School, University of Durham, Baylor University, Yale University, and the University of Chicago, among others.

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