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Women, Islam and Modernity: Single Women, Sexuality and Reproductive Health in Contemporary Indonesia Linda R Bennett

Women, Islam and Modernity: Single Women, Sexuality and Reproductive Health in Contemporary Indonesia

Linda R Bennett

Published June 6th 2005
ISBN : 9780415329293
Hardcover
183 pages
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 About the Book 

In popular debates about reproductive and sexual rights, formal religions, especially Islam, are seen as barriers providing institutional and ideological resistance to womens realization of reproductive and social autonomy. This book challenges thisMoreIn popular debates about reproductive and sexual rights, formal religions, especially Islam, are seen as barriers providing institutional and ideological resistance to womens realization of reproductive and social autonomy. This book challenges this simplified view of Islam. Based on original fieldwork in Eastern Indonesia, the book explores the complex factors that affect how young Indonesian women form their sexual subjectivities, discusses the cultural and historical conditions under which single Muslim women repress or express their sexuality, and examines how the cultural context, including other factors besides Islam, simultaneously influence the ways in which young single women approach courtship, and issues of sexuality and reproductive health. It demonstrates that Islam is neither alone in trying to control female sexuality, nor entirely successful in doing so.