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American Global Politics and the Muslim Woman
American Global Politics and the Muslim Woman: public lecture by Dr. Sylvia Wing Onder, Georgetown University
"The Muslim woman" is often used as a media trope to cover a host of unstated assumptions and to further specific political aims. Although enmeshed in the politics of war, development, and international power, American attention to the clothing and education of Muslim women is frequently presented as a neutral interest in universal human rights. This talk will start with an examination of the American missionary presence in the late Ottoman Empire and explore the implications of this history on modern representations of the Muslim woman in Turkey, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Sponsored by the Departments of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Asian Studies, Political Science, and Anthropology; and the Center for the Study of Democracy, WGSX, and the Paul H. Nitze Scholars Program.