What might link a group of middle-class Pakistani women sipping coffee demurely in a living room, with the fiery young women in black burqas threatening shopkeepers in Islamabad? When and how do an adolescent girl's aspirations translate into the maturing of a social and political revolution in urban Pakistan?


Never before in history have so many women been empowered through ‘the word’, enabling them to articulate their ideas and share these with vast numbers of other women and men…. Given the explosion in technology today, vast numbers of females have at their disposal a variety of media through which they can express, analyze and above all communicate and share with each other the most radical of conceptions. —Ahmed, 2002: 27

And it was not important that all of the Faithful stood up… but it might have happened that from every one of their communities rose and left to get an understanding of the Faith and returned to the inhabitants of their area to warn them so that they did not adopt non-Islamic attitudes ...

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