December 4, 2012
Glamorgan historian Sharif Gemie has just published Women?s Writing and Muslim Societies, 1920-the present: The Search for Dialogue (University of Wales Press, 2012).
This work analyses a hundred works written by women concerning Muslim societies. It studies the dramatic change of tone in writing which happened in the 1980s, as a result of the Iranian Revolution of 1978?79. It was in this decade that there was a shift from the older narrative of wonderment and romantic respect for the mysterious wonders of the East, to a narrative of fear, hostility and disgust which?by the 1990s?was explicitly linked to a new hostility to Islam (often seen as represented by Iran).