A response to Monica Mookherjee

Res Publica 14 (3):169-176 (2008)

This response discusses Mookherjee’s views on plural autonomy and autonomy-promoting education, and her recognition that different cultural value systems can lead to varied responses and strategies across cultures. It considers mechanisms to counter forced marriage and argues from the standpoint of grassroots work within the Muslim community for the importance of the distinction between traditional culture and religion. It raises the issues of racism, islamophobia, and stereotyping in silencing Muslim women’s voices and reducing the space for them to argue for change within communities.
Keywords Autonomy  Islam  Women  Forced marriage  Multiculturalism
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DOI 10.1007/s11158-008-9065-z
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