Engaging Modernity: Muslim Women and the Politics of Agency in Postcolonial Niger

Seizing the space opened by the early 1990s democratization movement, Muslim women are carving an active, influential, but often-overlooked role for themselves during a time of great change. Engaging Modernity provides a compelling portrait of Muslim women in Niger as they confronted the challenges and opportunities of the late twentieth century. Based on thorough scholarly research and extensive fieldwork including a wealth of interviews Ousseina Alidou s work offers insights into the meaning of modernity for Muslim women in Niger. Mixing biography with sociological data, social theory and linguistic analysis, this is a multilayered vision of political Islam, education, popular culture, and war and its aftermath. Alidou offers a gripping look at one of the Muslim world s most powerful untold stories.Runner-up, Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize, Women s Caucus of the African Studies Association, 2007