Women and revivalism in the West : choosing "fundamentalism" in a liberal democracy /

Main Author: Franks, Myfanwy, 1947-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: New York : Palgrave, 2001.
Series: Women's studies at York series (Palgrave (Firm))
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It would be easy to be misled by the title of this book. The question addressed is why some Protestant and Muslim women living in Britain and the US choose to be part of conservative religious groups. The conclusions of Franks (Univ. of York) are based on interviews of 18 women in Great Britain, whom she refers to as members of "revivalist" movements. Franks also used a questionnaire to survey 73 additional women. This apparently included Pentecostal and charismatic Protestants as well as "restorationist" Muslims (many of whom were part of a student group called Young Muslims UK.) The author is successful in putting a very human face on the "right wing" of these faith groups. She concludes that these women "find forms of empowerment in a degree of obedience, submission or self-abnegation." In addition, Franks found that women in both groups were empowered by their connection with others of similar belief. Beyond this, the comparison of the two groups seems somewhat forced and the evidence anecdotal and disjointed. Faculty and researchers. L. H. Hoyle Georgetown College

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