Engaging Modernity: Muslim Women and the Politics of Agency in Postcolonial Niger (Women in Africa and the Diaspora)

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Engaging Modernity is Ousseina Alidou’s rich and compelling portrait of Muslim women in Niger as they confront the challenges and opportunities of the twentieth century. Contrary to Western stereotypes of passive subordination, these women are taking control of their own lives and resisting domination from indigenous traditions, westernization, and Islam alike.
    Based on thorough scholarly research and extensive fieldwork—including a wealth of interviews—Alidou’s work offers insights into the meaning of modernity for Muslim women in Niger. Mixing biography with sociological data, social theory and linguistic analysis, this is a multilayered vision of political Islam, education, popular culture, and war and its aftermath. A gripping look at one of the Muslim world’s most powerful untold stories.

Runner-up for the Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize, Women’s Caucus of the African Studies Association

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Ousseina Alidou is assistant professor of African studies at Rutgers University. She is coeditor of A Thousand Flowers: The Struggle for Education in African Universities and author of many articles in African literature and folklore, linguistics, and women’s studies.

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“This will change how you think about contemporary Muslim women.”—Barbara Cooper, Rutgers University

“Written in a clear, readable style, Alidou’s work is compelling and rich . . . a significant contribution.”—Beverly Mack, University of Kansas

“Illustrates the complex interplay of gender, Islam, and modernity in Niger and the way that women manage to negotiate their way in a society with a strong patriarchal tradition. . . . Highly Recommended.”—Choice

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