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Anwar Explores Islamic Feminism in New Book

In her new book, Associate Professor of Religious Studies Etin Anwar offers new insight on the changing relationship between Islam and feminism in Indonesia from the colonial era in the 1900s to the early 1990s.

A Genealogy of Islamic Feminism: Pattern and Change in Indonesia juxtaposes both colonial and postcolonial sites in the country, exposing the changes and the patterns of the encounters between Islam and feminism both locally and globally, from local women’s movements and adat (customs), to Dutch colonialism, transnational feminism and the United Nations. The book uses a genealogical approach to examine the multifaceted encounters between Islam and feminism in an attempt to rediscover egalitarianism in the Islamic tradition — a concept which has been subjugated by hierarchical gender systems.

The author of Gender and Self in Islam, which was published in 2006, Anwar has written chapters in many textbooks and contributed to encyclopedias and journals such as The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic WorldIslamic Studies and The Journal of Oromo Studies.

Joining the HWS faculty in 2006, Anwar is currently chair of the Religious Studies Department and teaches courses on gender and Islam, Islamic mysticism, and Islamic environment. She holds a bachelor’s degree in comparative religion from the State Institute for Islamic Studies in Bandung, Indonesia, a master’s in Islamic studies from McGill University and a Ph.D. in philosophy, interpretation and culture from SUNY Binghamton, where she also received a certificate in feminist theory. Previously, she served as a lecturer at the State Institute for Islamic Studies, an instructor at SUNY Binghamton and a postdoctoral fellow at Hamilton College.