Emancipation, Women and the State: A Competing Agenda in the 20th Century Malaysia

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  • Che Husna Azhari International Islamic University Malaysia

Abstract

The structural contradictions of being Muslim and members of a nation-state for women in modern-day Muslim nation-states created after the Second World War have never been fully resolved. The problem is even more compounded for Malaysia, which started life as a collection of sultanates, graduating to a multi-racial nation-state. In the beginning, Malay women saw emancipation as involvement in party politics. But much of the development envisaged for women was hampered by illiteracy. Since 1970, with the new found petro-ringgit, however, the situation changed. Women attained emancipation in mobility, political and economic spheres. Yet, an appropriate space for motherhood and wifehood has not been carved out in the industrial state.

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2013-05-05

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Azhari, C. H. (2013). Emancipation, Women and the State: A Competing Agenda in the 20th Century Malaysia. Intellectual Discourse, 9(2). Retrieved from https://journals.iium.edu.my/intdiscourse/index.php/id/article/view/447

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