The Feminist Politics of Islamic Misogyny
Noted feminist (in the true sense of the word), author, and emerita professor at the City University of New York, Phyllis Chesler (about whom I've written), takes a critical look at the scholarship of Columbia professor Lila Abu-Lughod in an article commissioned by Campus Watch and published at American Thinker:
Studying honor killings is not the same as sensationalizing them -- but Columbia University professor Lila Abu-Lughod disagrees. Moreover, she believes that indigenous Arab and Muslim behavior, including honor-related violence, is best understood as a consequence of Western colonialism -- perhaps even of "Islamophobia."To read the rest of this article, please click here.
On October 25, 2010, at the American University of Beirut, Abu-Lughod admonished feminists who ostensibly sensationalize honor killings, a position which, in her opinion, represents "simplistic, civilizational thinking." She "warned that an obsessive focus on the so-called honor crime may have negative repercussions" and that "people should be wary of classifying certain acts as a distinctive form of violence against women." (Her remarks are summarized in a press release published by the university. According to the university, the article on which the speech is based will be published early next year in Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies.)