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Engaging modernity : Muslim women and the politics of agency in postcolonial Niger /
Ousseina D. Alidou.
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Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, c2005.
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xxi, 235 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0299212106 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, c2005.
isbn
0299212106 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
5573010
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 211-223) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Ousseina Alidou is assistant professor in the Department of Africana Studies and Comparative Literature at Rutgers University and director of the Program in African Languages and Literatures
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2006-09-01:
There is little published material on the condition of Muslim women in sub-Saharan Africa. This book, by a linguist and cultural critic from Niger, is a welcome step to remedy that situation. Alidou (Africana studies and comparative literature, Rutgers Univ.) has written a sophisticated overview of the different ways that Muslim women in Niger are responding to the new challenges and opportunities facing them in the context of great changes in the political, economic, and cultural life of their country. Far from being silent and passive victims of a male-dominated traditional society, women are revealed as active agents struggling to establish a more autonomous and secure life for themselves and their daughters. Basing her account on interviews, surveys, and detailed life histories of three remarkable women, Alidou illustrates the complex interplay of gender, Islam, and modernity in Niger and the way that women manage to negotiate their way in a society with a strong patriarchal tradition. A welcome addition to the literature on women and Islam in Africa. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. A. Rassam emerita, CUNY Queens College
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"Written in a clear, readable style, Alidou's work is compelling and rich . . . a significant contribution."Beverly Mack, University of Kansas
"Written in a clear, readable style, Alidou's work is compelling and rich . . . a significant contribution."--Beverly Mack, University of Kansas
"Illustrates the complex interplay of gender, Islam, and modernity in Niger and the way that women manage to negotiate their way in a society with a strong patriarchal tradition. . . . Highly Recommended."-Choice
“Illustrates the complex interplay of gender, Islam, and modernity in Niger and the way that women manage to negotiate their way in a society with a strong patriarchal tradition. . . . Highly Recommended.”- Choice
"This will change how you think about contemporary Muslim women."Barbara Cooper, Rutgers University
"This will change how you think about contemporary Muslim women."--Barbara Cooper, Rutgers University
"Illustrates the complex interplay of gender, Islam, and modernity in Niger and the way that women manage to negotiate their way in a society with a strong patriarchal tradition. . . . Highly Recommended."- Choice
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Summaries
Main Description
Engaging Modernity is Ousseina Alidou’s rich and compelling portrait of Muslim women in Niger as they confront the challenges and opportunities of the twentieth century. Contrary to Western stereotypes of passive subordination, these women are taking control of their own lives and resisting domination from indigenous traditions, westernization, and Islam alike. Based on thorough scholarly research and extensive fieldwork-including a wealth of interviews-Alidou’s work offers insights into the meaning of modernity for Muslim women in Niger. Mixing biography with sociological data, social theory and linguistic analysis, this is a multilayered vision of political Islam, education, popular culture, and war and its aftermath. A gripping look at one of the Muslim world’s most powerful untold stories. Runner-up for the Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize, Women’s Caucus of the African Studies Association
Main Description
Engaging Modernityis Ousseina Alidou's rich and compelling portrait of Muslim women in Niger as they confront the challenges and opportunities of the twentieth century. Contrary to Western stereotypes of passive subordination, these women are taking control of their own lives and resisting domination from indigenous traditions, westernization, and Islam alike. Based on thorough scholarly research and extensive fieldworkincluding a wealth of interviewsAlidou's work offers insights into the meaning of modernity for Muslim women in Niger. Mixing biography with sociological data, social theory and linguistic analysis, this is a multilayered vision of political Islam, education, popular culture, and war and its aftermath. A gripping look at one of the Muslim world's most powerful untold stories.
Main Description
Engaging Modernity is Ousseina Alidou's rich and compelling portrait of Muslim women in Niger as they confront the challenges and opportunities of the twentieth century. Contrary to Western stereotypes of passive subordination, these women are taking control of their own lives and resisting domination from indigenous traditions, westernization, and Islam alike. Based on thorough scholarly research and extensive fieldwork-including a wealth of interviews-Alidou's work offers insights into the meaning of modernity for Muslim women in Niger. Mixing biography with sociological data, social theory and linguistic analysis, this is a multilayered vision of political Islam, education, popular culture, and war and its aftermath. A gripping look at one of the Muslim world's most powerful untold stories. Runner-up for the Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize, Women's Caucus of the African Studies Association
Main Description
Engaging Modernityis Ousseina Alidou's rich and compelling portrait of Muslim women in Niger as they confront the challenges and opportunities of the twentieth century. Contrary to Western stereotypes of passive subordination, these women are taking control of their own lives and resisting domination from indigenous traditions, westernization, and Islam alike. Based on thorough scholarly research and extensive fieldwork-including a wealth of interviews-Alidou's work offers insights into the meaning of modernity for Muslim women in Niger. Mixing biography with sociological data, social theory and linguistic analysis, this is a multilayered vision of political Islam, education, popular culture, and war and its aftermath. A gripping look at one of the Muslim world's most powerful untold stories. 2007 Runner-up for the Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize, Women's Caucus of the African Studies Association
Main Description
Engaging Modernity is Ousseina Alidou's rich and compelling portrait of Muslim women in Niger as they confront the challenges and opportunities of the twentieth century. Contrary to Western stereotypes of passive subordination, these women are taking control of their own lives and resisting domination from indigenous traditions, westernization, and Islam alike. Based on thorough scholarly research and extensive fieldworkincluding a wealth of interviewsAlidou's work offers insights into the meaning of modernity for Muslim women in Niger. Mixing biography with sociological data, social theory and linguistic analysis, this is a multilayered vision of political Islam, education, popular culture, and war and its aftermath. A gripping look at one of the Muslim world's most powerful untold stories.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Ousseina Alidou paints a portrait of Muslim women in Niger as they confront the challenges and opportunities of the 20th century. Contrary to Western stereotypes of passive subordination, these women are taking control of their own lives and resisting domination from various sources.
Long Description
"Engaging Modernity is Ousseina Alidou's rich and compelling portrait of Muslim women in Niger as they confront the challenges and opportunities of the twentieth century. Contrary to Western stereotypes of passive subordination, these women are taking control of their own lives and resisting domination from indigenous traditions, westernization, and Islam alike. Based on thorough scholarly research and extensive fieldwork--including a wealth of interviews--Alidou's work offers insights into the meaning of modernity for Muslim women in Niger. Mixing biography with sociological data, social theory and linguistic analysis, this is a multilayered vision of political Islam, education, popular culture, and war and its aftermath. A gripping look at one of the Muslim world's most powerful untold stories.
Table of Contents
Illustrationsp. xi
Tablesp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 3
Background to the Studyp. 3
Beyond Ethnicity: Brassage Sahelienp. 8
Niger: Postcolonial Developmentsp. 11
The Period of the 1990sp. 11
Enactment of Identity in the Urban Landscapep. 14
From Makaranta/Madarasa Literacy to the Quest for Material Basis of Empowermentp. 17
The Place of Biographyp. 21
Outline of the Bookp. 26
Women, Education, and Epistemological Traditions
When Kuble (Seclusion) Literacy Invades the Electronic Space: Malama A'ishatu Hamani Zarmakoy Dancandu and the Politics of Knowledgep. 33
Introductionp. 33
Gendered Spaces: Between Indigenous Tradition and French Colonialismp. 36
Poetry, Piety, and Identityp. 43
Transitional "Digraphia": From Hausa Ajami to Arabic Scriptp. 52
Malama A'ishatu: Between Womanhood and Motherhoodp. 54
Conclusionp. 55
Women and the Political Economy of Educationp. 57
Introductionp. 57
Women, Orality, and Literacies in Precolonial Nigerp. 62
Women's Other Educational Skills in the Precolonial Erap. 65
Education and the French "Civilizing" Mission: Gender Implicationsp. 68
Women in Education in the Aftermath of Independencep. 71
Constraints on Women's Education in Postcolonial Nigerp. 73
Women in Islamic Schoolsp. 75
Grassroots Women's Responses to the Educational Crisisp. 78
Women, Folklore, and Performative Identities
Politics, Popular Culture, and Women Performing Artists: A Biographical Inquiry in a Francophone-Islamic Contextp. 87
Introductionp. 87
Habsu Garba and Hybridity: A Critical Discourse Analysisp. 88
Habsu Garba and Educational Brassagep. 94
Habsu Garba: Between Modern Education and Indigenous Traditionsp. 96
Brassage and the Urban Landscapep. 98
In Search of Professional Fulfillmentp. 99
The Becoming of a Performing Artist and Its Cultural Problematicsp. 101
Griotte(s) of Tradition and Modernity: The Struggle for Spacep. 105
Functional Art: Between Orality and Literacyp. 106
The Tension between Performance and Politicsp. 114
Between Political Patronage and Political Representationp. 115
When Fieldwork Connects the Present with the Pastp. 119
Conclusionp. 127
Cinderella Goes to the Sahelp. 129
Introductionp. 129
Islam, Folklore, Gender, and Modernityp. 132
The Story of the Orphan Girl Who Married the Prince of Masarp. 133
Analysis of the Talep. 138
Conclusionp. 144
Women and Overt Political Contestation
Islamisms, the Media, and Women's Public Discursive Practicesp. 149
Introductionp. 149
Democratization and the Rise of Political Islam in Nigerp. 150
Democracy, Islam, the Media, and Women's Activismp. 156
Plural Islamisms and the Hijab Discoursep. 159
Women's Islamic Literacy and the Public Display of Knowledgep. 162
Women, Islamisms, the Family Code, and the Media in Nigerp. 164
UN Family Planning Campaign and Muslim Women's Activism in the Mediap. 168
Through the Eyes of Agaisha: Womanhood, Gender Politics, and the Tuareg Armed Rebellionp. 172
Historical Backgroundp. 172
The Political Context of the Uprisingp. 172
Brassage Sahelien: Women Dispel the Myth of Ethnic Purityp. 176
Tuareg Women Entrapped by Identity Tiesp. 180
Sisterhood during Warp. 184
Conclusionp. 184
Conclusionp. 187
Abdoul Salam's Dance Song Tigyedimma: Transregional and Transethnic Sahelian Brassagep. 199
Biographical Sketch of Dr. Malama Zeinab Sidi Baba Haidarap. 205
Notesp. 207
Referencesp. 211
Indexp. 225
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