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.
|Commitee:||Piar, Carlos, Stewart, David Tabb|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Islamic Studies, South Asian Studies, Gender studies|
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