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Thematic Keywords
Women, Development Discourse, Islam and politics
Geographic Keywords
Pakistan, Urban area.
Full Name
Zara Shehzad
Email Address
Current Position
as of [23-03-2016 12:39:55]
Current Department
Fcaulty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology, International Islamic University
Position Title
Visiting Lecturer
Current Institution
International Islamic University
Country of Institution
Most recently completed Degree and Institution
M. Phil, Department of Anthropology, Quiad-i-Azam University, Islamabad
Discipline of most recently completed degree
Year of graduation from most recently completed degree
Current Research Title
Gender Imperialism and Islamic resistance: A Comparative analysis of Jamat-i-Islami and women activist NGOs in Pakistan
Current Research Abstract
I am planning to work on how Muslim women is politically publicized. The incident of 9/11 largely turn over the Pakistani feminist political stance, who were formerly focused to negotiate women’s relationship to their family and state now politically engage in gendered politics (Zine, 2006). The camouflaged politics of embedded feminism represent Muslim women as suffered and oppressed and depict the western intervention as war for women’s liberation. The post 9/11 era where on the one hand US military forces claimed to inclined with war on terror, the western media on the other try to project this war as a struggle for the rights and dignity of women. The element which is totally ignored by the feminist weave (NGO’s) of liberating the women is that they engaged only in expressing the suffrage of women instead of exploring their strategies of negotiating in a global and local discourse of power. (Sieveking, 2007). The research problem on which I am interested to work on is to how the word ‘women’ politically publicized, manipulate by the national and international politics and how the Islamic resistance organized in the way of enforced modernisation. The women are the active part of this resistance but their expression on experiencing current gendered politics (tightly connected with imperialist ideology) is chiefly unobserved and unheard. Through this study, I will document (secular (NGOs) and religious (Jamat-i-islami)) versions of women identity, freedom and development by exploring their projects, stance and motives.
Other Research
I have also worked on existing crisis of women representation in the development discourse. The way in which things, events and even people are going to be presented at global level is the mere intention of this article. Gender is taken as cultural product but in representing this particular notion, the cultural sensitivity is almost ignored by the development literature. This article explores purely woman’s views and experiences while living in a Muslim society. The purpose is not to make any generalizations about women’s status and perspectives in Pakistan rather to explore the women’s self perceptions and strategies to cope with modern contemporary themes, i:e; women freedom, modernity, family and public participation. The data largely depends on women’s experiences and shows how particular culture and context can produce particular understanding. By applying qualitative tools, this article is able to identify woman’s spaces of freedom available in the particular cultural setting. The first hand data was collected by utilizing different qualitative research techniques i.e. IDIs, FGDs, and Interview Schedule from the area of Gulzar-e-Quaid, Rawalpindi by utilizing convenient sampling technique.
 Women’s Status in History and Visual Exploitation in Resent Era: An Anthropological Perspective, in Gender Mainstreaming: An Analysis of Pakistani Society, Global Vision: India (2012) Pp. 05-28 ISBN: 978-81-8220-497-3
 ‘Afghan Refugees in Pakistan: Hurdles in Repatriation and Impacts on Pakistani Economy’, Published in Conference Proceedings of “Two days International Conference on Migration, Education and Development” held on 27-28 March 2014, organized by Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad and University of Sussex, UK.
 “Women Body Exposure as an Entertainment in Pakistani Films: A Synoptic Survey of Cinemas in Rawalpindi”, Journal of Gender & Social Issues, Vol. 13, No. 08, 2015, Pp. 63-82. ISSN 1813-9892
 Women Police, a Stigmatized Profession: Socio-Psychological barriers to Join Women Police, Paper Submitted for Publication in the Journal of Asian Civilization, Pakistan
 Gender Crisis of Representation: An Anthropological Critique to Modernity and Development Discourse, Paper submitted for Publication at the Pakistan Horizan, Karachi, Pakistan