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Women, Islam, and Identity
Public Life in Private Spaces in Uzbekistan

Svetlana Peshkova

Cloth $44.95s    |    978-0-8156-3373-0    |    2014

ebook 978-0-8156-5305-9


"Peshkova’s diligently researched and detailed ethnography of the agentive dimension of otinchalar’s ritual practice, observance and instruction of Islam in post-Soviet Uzbekistan will be of interest to scholars not only of Islam and Central Asia, but also women’s and gender studies, political anthropology and the anthropologies of states and violence and warfare."—Association for Feminist Anthropology

"The author’s focus on individual women’s lives results in the kind of reflexivity, empathy and analytical depth that allow Peshkova to write an alternative tale of Muslim women in the Ferghana Valley and to do so in a creative, engaging and thought-provoking way. As such, this ethnography is valuable reading not only for anthropologists or Central Asianists of all levels, but also those who would like to expand their understanding of identity, human agency, gender, history and Islam."—Central Asian Survey

"This is an insightful and inspiring study of vibrant and creative Islamic self-formation and transformation rooted in the Central Asian cradle of Islamic civilizations."—Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law, Emory

"This work makes a significant, distinctive and courageous contribution to the understanding of women’s religious leadership in Muslim societies in Central Asia. It brings to light perhaps for the first time wide-ranging and richly textured ethnographic and theological materials on a little known living tradition of ritual performances informally enacted by female Muslim leaders known as otinchalar in Uzbekistan, one that decades of Soviet strictures imposed on religious practice has not extinguished.”"—Tazim R. Kassam, coeditor of Lines in Water: Religious Boundaries in South Asia

  Women, Islam, and Identity

Svetlana Peshkova   Svetlana Peshkova is assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Hampshire. Her research interests focus on gender dynamics, Muslim women leaders, and transnational Islamic movements.

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