Women, Islam and Identity: Public Life in Private Spaces in Uzbekistan Svetlana Peshkova Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2014, 352 pp. Reviewed by Emma Varley   In her ethnography of Muslim women otinchalar—Islamic teachers, ritual specialists and spiritual intermediaries—in post-Soviet Uzbekistan, Svetlana Peshkova provides a rich account of otinchalar as sources and sites of engagement between women and nationally-determined ideals […]

Rosemary Radford Ruether, University of California Press, 2005 Reviewed by Lori Eldridge Rosemary Radford Ruether, in her book Goddesses and the Divine Feminine, traces the appearances of feminine expressions of the divine throughout Western history. In an ambitious project, she seeks to reexamine how the feminine divine has changed from prehistory to the present, paying particular attention, from an historical […]

Parin Dossa Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009 Reviewed by Onur Kovanci Dr. Parin Dossa, a Professor of Anthropology at Simon Fraser University, British Colombia treats her readers to another intriguing and insightful book after her first book, Politics and Poetics of Migration: Narratives of Iranian Women in the Diaspora, published in 2004. Her new book entitled Racialized Bodies, Disabling […]