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Dr. Wendy A. Burns-Ardolino

Associate Professor & Chair,

Liberal Studies Department

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Dr. Burns-Ardolino competes in triathlons, and likes to ski, read, bike, think, run, write, swim, hike, sing, dance and laugh!



***BOOK: Jiggle: (Re)Shaping American Women

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PhD Cultural Studies, George Mason University 2004

MA English, George Mason University 1997

BA Politics & Philosophy, University of Hull, UK 1990


American Society and Mass Culture
LIB 373


Women's Studies Links (under construction)

Changing the Face of Power:
Women in the U.S. Senate http://www.digitaljournalist.org/issue0502/mara_intro.html

Suggestions of works by Muslim women (mostly), about Muslim women from WST Listserve
1. Muslima Media Watch (http://muslimahmediawatch.org/)

2. Sarah Maple (http://www.sarahmaple.com/)

3. Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak Edited by Saleemah

4. Abdul-Ghafur (http://www.livingislamoutloud.com/)

5. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi  -- Persepolis is both DVD and graphic novel, both of which reveal life course female history and consequences from Iran.

6. Veiled Voices by Brigid Maher

7. Made in Pakistan by Nasir Khan

8. Diam's (http://bitchmagazine.org/post/judging-an-emcee-by-her-cover)

9. Voices of Resistance: Muslim Women on War, Faith and Sexuality Edited by Sarah Husain

10. Muslim Women Reformers: Inspiring Voices Against Oppression by Ida Lichter (http://feministreview.blogspot.com/2009/11/muslim-women-reformers-inspiring-voices.html)

11. Beyond the Veil – Perspectives from the Muslim World: http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/collect9.shtml

12. Randa Abdel-Fatah, _Does My Head Look Big in This?_ (2005)

13. Mohja Kahf--I've used her novel, The Girl with the Tangerine Scarf, but her poetry is also great, too.

14. The trouble with Islam; Irshad Manji

15. Feminism and Islamic Fundamentalism; Haideh Moghissi

16. The Veil and the Male Elite; Fatima Mernissi

17. Women in Islam; Fatima Mernissi

18. Woman at Point Zero: Nawal Sa=E1dawi ---   Since the book is written in the 70s,  I am finding it helpful to contextualize Woman at Point Zero with some of Nawal El Saadawi's non-fiction writing of the period.  I use chapters from The Hidden Face of Eve and the section on Egypt from Sisterhood is Global by her also written around that time.

19. Daughter of Isis: Nawal SaE1dawi

20. Islam and Modernity; John McBrewster

21. A Border Passage: From Cairo to America A Womans Journey,Leila Ahmed (a memoir)

22. Aman: The Story of a Somali Girl, Virginia Lee Barnes and Janice Boddy (oral history)

23. A Woman of Egypt, Jehan Sadat (autobiography)

24. Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali (memoir)

25. The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam Ayaan Hirsi Ali   ----  I will stay away from Ayan Hirsi, her credibility is in question, and if you are looking for Muslim women she has declared a long time ago that she was no longer a Muslim.

26. Saba Mahmood,  The Politics of Piety

27. Some consider her controversial, but I'd recommend you consider *Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman=92s Struggle for the Soul of Islam* by Asra Nomani. Here's an interview with the author: *http://www.qantara.de/webcom/show_article.php/_c-478/_nr-981/i.html:*
"*Nomani* is a Muslim feminist who writes about the place of women in Islam and has advocated for what she calls "Gender Jihad" or a reform movement for equality within the Islamic religious community." It's a very accessible book and there's even a  related documentary about Nomani's struggle to make changes within her mosque and community in Morgantown, West Virginia (see http://www.themosqueinmorgantown.com/film/ for a synopsis, audience reactions ).

28. This web site sponsored by the University of Wisconsin at Madison is another resource-- it offers commentary specifically of the issue of women and the veil with links to other resources . Some but not all of the contributors are Muslim women: http://insideislam.wisc.edu/index.php/archives/194

29. For films I love Four Women of Egypt which interviews women who were imprisoned with Nawal and gives an interesting and more nuanced account of those times.

30. essays from women's enews--they do have good coverage of Islamic women's issues and some stories are written by Muslim women.

31. some of the books edited by non-Muslims contain chapters written by Muslims and they are really good. if you do a search through Goggle Scholar you will get the latest books and articles written by Muslims.
32. I am aware that you are requesting "works by Muslim women about Muslim women."  Yet I feel that your class would be deprived of  a profound experience from exposure to a magnificent novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, 2007.  It would be a shame to exclude it from the syllabus because it was written  by a male writer, Khaled Hosseini, the author of The Kite Runner. He is from Kabul, Afghanistan. If you go to Amazon.com under this book title you will find an interview of him about A Thousand Splendid Suns. In the beginning he states, too modestly, I feel, that the book is "based on the collective spirit of those women I met in Kabul in 2003."  At the end he expresses his basic motivation--to convey the contemporary situation of Afghan women.

33. The following is a new listserv of Islamic feminist scholars:


Many real jewels coming my way.  You may want to try it:

with the following text:

34. Rabia al-Adawiyya
Sufi saint Rabia al-Adawiyya
Basra, Iraq, ca. 717-801 CE


35. Here is one from Saudi Arabia.  I did read it, but just found it o.k.

Rajaa Alsanea, Girls of Riyadh, Penguin, 2007. Or. ptd.2005

The social, romantic, and sexual tribulations of four young women from the
elite classes of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  On a list-serv, a =93Scheherezade like
narrator=94 tells the stories of Gamrah, Michelle,Sadeem, and Lamees=97as they
negotiate their love lives, their professional successes, and their
rebellions, against their cultural traditions.  They understand the Western
worldview and experiment with reconciling pieces of it with their own.

36. I would recommend reading novelist Leila Aboulela:

Leila Aboulela, Minaret, 2005

Leila Aboulela, The Translator, 1999

37. And if some of your students read French:

Les filles voilées parlent
Quarante-cinq textes et entretiens recueillis par Ismahane Chouder,
Malika Latrèche et Pierre Tevanian

38. I also agree with the recommendation of Khaled Hosseini's writings, but I would add the first book, The Kite Runner, to the second, A Thousand Splendid Suns, as the silence, absence, and treatment of women--even in how women are discussed or dismissed--is incredibly telling, particularly in regard to mothers, especially in the opening chapters and in chapter 10.=A0 The development of Middle Eastern communities within American culture, as well as family, religious, and marriage traditions transferred to the American scene dominate the middle section of the book (10 through chapter 16), with interesting consequences, as the novel concludes, involving Middle Eastern children and adoption, social class, and transitioning families along with transitioning beliefs.

39. The memoirs of Azar Nafisi are wonderful and resonate very well with students: Reading Lolita in Tehran, and Things I've Been Silent About.

40. Riverbend's blogs collected in the books Baghdad Burning and Baghdad Burning II: More Girl Blog From Iraq are both riveting.

41. Asne Seierstad's memoirs are recounted in The Bookseller of Kabul with revealing descriptions of how women address everyday life and the wearing of the burka.

42. Sara Sulari's essay "Karachi 1990" also has a wonderful treatment of families, traditions, contrasts between old and new, and treatment of veiling.

43. >From a theoretical perspective, Helene Cixous (with Jacques Derrida) has a difficult but extremely worthwhile treatment of veiling in her book Veils, with particular value in revealing multiple perspectives toward veils and covering. (I've paired this with parts of A Thousand Splendid Suns.)

44. I believe also that the discovery process for American students can receive motivation by other American women who have also been through the discovery process of living in the Middle East and experience integration into Muslim culture, while also writing about it.=A0 For this, I really enjoy the memoirs of Deborah Rodriguez: Kabul Beauty School.=A0 The opening chapter is particularly engaging for women with the integration of Muslim women's lives, salons as a sanctuary against abuse where men are not allowed, and marriage ceremonial traditions as they travel from India and Pakistan into Kabul A0 YouTube has videos of a form of marriage ceremonial dancing from Pakistani film represented in the book.=A0 I will look up the URL if you are interested.=A0 The ending of chapter 1 reveals a current discourse about how Muslim women can be in control of their virginity on their wedding night that has resulted in pro and con articles about products for sale that women can purchase to use during wedding night traditions.=A0 Rodriquez's Kabul Beauty School resonates in many, many different important directions.

45. "The day I became woman" ( Roozi ke zan shodam) by Marzieh Makhmalbaf is also an interesting movie. It is the story of women at three stages of life in Iran. Makhmalbaf family has good movies about Iran.

46. An interesting online source called "Women In Islam" at Catherine of Siena Virtual College is available at <www.catherineofsiena.net> and is another interesting source of accessible multiple perspectives, particularly in investigating women, the Quran, and Hadith.

47. Assia Djebar, Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade

48. Shirin Ebadi, Iran Awakening

49. And a film by the Canadian Film Board entitled "Under One Sky".