Islam, Gender, and Democracy in Comparative Perspective
A Book Discussion
In their latest book Islam, Gender, and Democracy in Comparative Perspective (2017), contributors Jocelyne Cesari, José Casanova, and Katherine Marshall attempt to reframe the debate around Islam and women's rights within a broader perspective that challenges the often portrayed binary opposition between liberal advocates of secular democracy and Muslim religious opponents of of women's full equality. Bringing together scholars from a range of disciplines, the book's essays examine the complex and contingent historical relationships between religion, secularism, democracy, law, and gender equality in Muslim-majority countries as well as in minority contexts. Azza Karam, senior advisor on culture and social development at the United Nations Population Fund, joined the three authors for this book discussion.