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Module 9: The First Responses

Criticism The most prominent criticism of Saba Mahmood’s Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject concerns her approach to feminist thinking. Mahmood believes that women who do not appear to resist, subvert, or undermine religious norms* requiring subordination to patriarchal* values still have agency*—they have chosen this role for themselves. Scholars have taken issue with this idea and think that Mahmood cannot simply dismiss the goals of secular liberal, feminist politics for all.