By Margot Badran
Whereas many within the West regard feminism and Islam as incompatible, many Muslims within the East have perceived Western feminist forces as an attack upon their tradition. during this career-spanning selection of influential essays, Margot Badran provides the feminisms that Muslim girls have created, and examines Islamic and secular feminist ideologies aspect via aspect. Borne out of over twenty years of labor, this quantity presents a different contribution to Islam and gender reviews.
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It involves the notion of reference and denomination and it legislates borders and what is determined as proper to them. Similarly, as an instrument of communication, language is traditionally conceptualized as an operation between things, as a vehicle or medium through which meanings (identifiable concepts) are conveyed-We circled around this more conventional approach to language with Saussure's attempt to define the sign, isolate its parts, and delimit its extension. With the notion of value, however, Saussure finally takes his departure from his antecedents and introduces his most provocative intervention.
44 Vlckl Klrby The nodon of reference here is quite different from the conventional model of denotation, because it is delimited by the "reality of discourse" and entirely defined within terms of locution. The determinations of space and time ("here," "there," "now," "yesterday") that are generated between interlocutors (deixis) become the contemporary and specific conditions of speech that are validated through the grammatical category of person—a frame of referencing that generates the referent.
Maybe in very different ways ... the number of associative groups is infinite. (Saussure, as cited in Gadet 1989: 79-80) Although it might not be immediately apparent from Saussure s figure that an infinite run of free associations must also support the word enseignement, the fourth leg of associadve links does at least suggest this possibility. 15 This same editorial intrusion quite irritates the linguist Robert Godel, who chastens the editors for having "added to the diagram of associative relations the spurious series enseignement, clement, justement, etc which has no right to be there" (as cited in Gadet 1989: 100).