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

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.

160 pages

Table of Contents

Introduction: Locating the Issue

1 Native Informing on the Zina Ordinance

2 Contextualizing the Zina Ordinance

3 Speaking to the Women

4 Disobedient Daughters, Errant Wives, and Others

5 Current Challenges to the Zina Ordinance

6 A Politics of Transnationality and Reconfigured Native Informing




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