search : contact us : about us : site guide : home

  University of British Columbia Press
 Search Our Catalogue
  search by subject

 UBC Press
About UBC Press
Conferences & Events
Contact Us
Media Centre
Publishing With UBC Press
Publishers Represented
Staff Directory

Forthcoming Titles
How To Order
Recent Reviews
Review Copies

 Join Our Mailing List
Sign Up
Privacy Statement
Frequent Questions
Privacy Statement
Site Guide
Website Feedback

 Featured Title
Zina, Transnational Feminism, and the Moral Regulation of Pakistani Women
Shahnaz Khan  

$87.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 4/5/2006
ISBN: 9780774812856    

$32.95 Paperback
Release Date: 11/1/2006
ISBN: 9780774812863    

160 Pages

Asian paperback rights held by OUP Pakistan.


About the Book

Shortlisted, 2008 Canadian Women's Studies Book Award

The Zina Ordinance is part of the Hadood Ordinances that were promulgated in 1979 by the military dictator General Zia-ul-Haq, a self-proclaimed president of Pakistan. Since then, tens of thousands of Pakistani women have been charged and incarcerated under the ordinance, which governs illicit sex. Although most of these women are subsequently released for lack of evidence, they spend months or years in jail before trial. To date, these laws still remain in effect, despite international calls for their repeal.

Over a five-year-period, Shahnaz Khan interviewed women incarcerated under the zina laws in Pakistan. She argues that the zina laws help situate morality within the individual, thus de-emphasizing the prevalence of societal injustice. She also examines the production and reception of knowledge in the west about women in the third world, identifying a productive tension between living in the west and doing research in the third world. She concludes that transnational feminist solidarity can help women identify the linkages between the local and global and challenge oppressive practices internationally.

This analysis will appeal to scholars and students of gender, law, human rights, and Islamic/Middle Eastern studies.

About the Author(s)

Shahnaz Khan is a professor in the Women’s Studies/Global Studies Program at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Table of Contents

Important Dates



Introduction: Locating the Issue

1) Native Informing on the Zina Ordinance

2) Contextualizing the Zina Ordinance

3) Speaking to the Women

4) Disobedient Daughters, Errant Wives, and Others

5) Current Challenges to the Zina Ordinance

6) A Politics of Transnationality and Reconfigured Native Informing





Khan’s emphasis on reading zina laws within a larger politicized context, her problematization of the role of the native informant, and her argument to transcend binary thinking gives a cutting edge to this important work. An excellent book for those in the fields of gender studies, Muslim women, Orientalism, and global politics.
- Parin Dossa, author of Politics and Poetics of Migration: Narratives of Iranian Women in the Diaspora

Shahnaz Khan’s study of Pakistani women incarcerated under the Zina adultery laws promulgated by the Hadood Odrinances provides a complex reading of the tensions between third and firs world politics of gender, power and native representation. […] Khan’s study contributes to everyday histories of lives and how these narratives must be investigated within the umbrella of State and religious processes. […] The book provides a strenuous feminist discussion of the politics of representation of third world women by Western trained native informants, such as the author.
- Devika Chawla, Ohio University, Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal, Vol. 33.1, Fall 2008

Through the role of an immigrant researcher in her country of origin, Shahnaz Khan uses her feminist lens to explore dualities, decontextualization, and stereotypes of third-world women, more specifically Muslim women, while examining the contested issue of the Zina Ordinance and its multifaceted consequences for women in Pakistan. […] Given Pakistan’s current political situation, the book will likely be of most interest to those with a fairly high level of expertise in the field. For academics, it can be a valuable text for specific course like “Women in Society”, “Women in Islam”, and “Politics in South Asia/ the Third World”. The book can also serve as a useful reference for many women’s studies courses.
- Habiba Zaman, Simon Fraser University, American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, Vol. 25, No. 4, Fall 2008

Sample Chapter

Sample Chapter

Related Topics

Women's Studies
Asian Studies

Other Ways To Order

In Canada, order your copy of Zina, Transnational Feminism, and the Moral Regulation of Pakistani Women from UTP Distribution at:

UTP Distribution
5201 Dufferin Street
Toronto, Ontario
M3H 5T8

Phone orders: 1(800)565-9523 or (416)667-7791
Fax orders: 1(800)221-9985 or (416)667-7832

Ordering information for customers outside Canada

© 2001 UBC Press
2029 West Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6T 1Z2
t. 604.822.5959 | f. 604.822.6083 | e.
Vancouver Web Design by Internet-Exposure