"Muslim" Women and "Western" Feminists: The Debate on Particulars and Universals

  • Shahrzad Mojab
Keywords: Sex, Inequality

Abstract

In the last two decades, a host of theoretical positions—cultural relativism, identity politics, postmodernism—have emphasized the differences that divide human beings and cultures. For these particularist theories, commonality, solidarity, and internationalism represent "grand narratives," "universalism," "totalization," or "essentialism," all of which are, it seems, inherently oppressive, Eurocentric, and imperialist. Politically, these types of particularism imply either passivism or fragmented and localized micro-initiatives.
Published
1998-12-02
Section
Articles