Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Rape as religious terrorism and genocide the 1971 war between East and West Pakistan
by Rehman, Jessica Lee, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 173; 1522254
Abstract (Summary)

This study focuses on mass rape during war and genocide, utilizing a synthesized model that conceptualizes rape as religious terrorism. The model is demonstrated at the micro level with the case study of the 1971 war between East and West Pakistan; focused on the dehumanization of Bengalis, and the havoc wreaked by this process on Bengali women during the war. The model explains rape as terrorism, that is, a form of performance violence carried out by men seeking empowerment. Rapists are terrorists; in this case, men are engaged in a cosmic war with women, who are considered the evildoers. Rape becomes a tool for good in this paradigm. Rapists seek empowerment and de-humiliation--the restoration of honor--for themselves and men in general. Applying a synthesized model to this ongoing global gendered conflict sheds light on how religion has been instrumental in both aiding and hindering women's plight, specifically when it comes to sexual violence.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pandya, Sophia
Commitee: Piar, Carlos, Stewart, David Tabb
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Religious Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Islamic Studies, South Asian Studies, Gender studies
Publication Number: 1522254
ISBN: 9781267977496
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