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Zina, Transnational Feminism, and the Moral Regulation of Pakistani Women

by Shahnaz Khan

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category: Social Science
published: 2006
publisher: UBC Press
  • Short-listed, Book Award, Canadian Women's Studies Association
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The Zina Ordinance is part of the Hadood Ordinances that were promulgated in 1979 by the military dictator General Zia-ul-Haq, self-proclaimed president of Pakistan. Since then, tens of thousands of Pakistani women have been charged and incarcerated under the ordinance, which governs illicit sex. Shahnaz Khan argues that the zina laws help situate morality within the individual, thus de-emphasizing the prevalence of societal injustice. She also examines the production and reception of knowledge in the west about women in the third world and concludes that transnational feminist solidarity can challenge oppressive practices internationally.

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Shahnaz Khan is a professor in the Women’s Studies/Global Studies Program at Wilfrid Laurier University.

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