Picking either the practice of abortion or that of midwifery, what are some of the key changes that the relavant readings point out about this practice in the 19th century? Make sure your answers includes a definition of the practice, what pricesily about it changes, and how that change related the broader political, military, economic, and social context it took place in. [Note: Your answers should be between 100 and 350 words]
What does James Gelvin mean by the term "Defensive Developmentalism," and what according to him does this process have to do with the Middle East and modernity? Can you think of a specific policy Gelvin discusses that might have produced one of the changes in 19th-century womens' lives that the Nashat&Tucker chapter discuss? [Note: Your response should be between 100 and 350 words.]
In her article, "Do Muslim Women (Still) Need Saving?," Lila Abu-Lughoud cautions feminist scholars against what she calls "strange political bedfellows." What does she mean by that term? In making her argument, she calls on us to avoid being trapped in the choice between "ethnocentrism" and "cultural relativism." Why are both these positions problematic for Abu-Lughoud, and what are the ways she suggests we can avoid this binary? In thinking about your answer, consider some of the arguments/analysis presented in the Mikdashi (Week 1) and Rose (Week 2) readings. What clues do they give us on how to avoid this binary in, if they do at all?
Dear All: As this blog will be where many of us share our thoughts on and reactions to the readings, it would be great if we could each write a few sentences to introduce ourselves to one another. Feel free to introduce yourself as you'd like: you can identify your major and interest in this course; you could share your favorite breakfast; or you could tell us something even more random.