Anita Weiss

Region of Interest

South Asia

Primary Country of Residence

United States of America


Professor of International Studies


University of Oregon


Mailing Address

International Studies Program
5206 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-5206 USA

Phone/Fax Number(s)

phone: 503-346-3245
FAX: 503-345-5041


Countries of Specialization

Pakistan, India

Research Interests

Women in development (WID); Gender and International Development; Women in
Pakistan; Social Change in Pakistan; Political Economy of Pakistan;
International Human Rights and Women; Women in Comparative Muslim Societies;
Social Change in South Asia; Development in Comparative Muslim Societies;
Female Education in Pakistan; Pakistan ethnography; Women in India;
South Asian Muslim Women; Islam and Development; Gender and Islam;
Human Rights in Pakistan.

I have also consulted extensively on gender and development issues in
Pakistan. I am the University of Oregon's institutional representative to
the American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS) and am a member of the
Executive Committee of the Berkeley Urdu Language Program in Pakistan


I have published extensively on social development and gender issues in
Pakistan, and am now engaged in related research on comparative Muslim
societies. My publications include the following books: Power and Civil
Society in Pakistan (co-edited with S. Zulfiqar Gilani, Oxford University
Press, 2001); Walls within Walls: Life Histories of Working Women in the
Old City of Lahore (Westview Press, 1992; being republished by Oxford
Univesity Press with a New Introduction, 2002); Culture, Class and
Development in Pakistan: the Emergence of an Industrial Bourgeoisie in
Punjab (Westview Press, 1991), and Islamic Reassertion in Pakistan: the
Application of Islamic Laws in a Modern State (editor, Syracuse University
Press, 1986); and numerous articles on culture, women and development in
Pakistan including (more recent works): "Envisioning Women's Human Rights
in Pakistan: Contexts, Debates and Challenges" (in Suad Joseph (ed.)
Women's Human Rights in the Muslim World, in press); "Much Ado about
Counting: the Conflict over Holding a Census in Pakistan" Asian Survey
(July/August 1999); "Women, Civil Society and Politics in Pakistan"
Citizenship Studies (3(1)1999, pp. 141-150); "Pakistan: Some Progress,
Sobering Challenges" (in Selig S. Harrison, Paul H. Kreisberg and Dennis
Kux (eds.) India & Pakistan: the First Fifty Years Cambridge University
Press, 1999, pp. 132-152); "The Gendered Division of Space and Access in
Working Class Areas of Lahore" (Contemporary South Asia, Vol. 7, No. 1,
1998), and "The Society and its Environment" (in Peter R. Blood,
editor,Pakistan: A Country Study Area Handbook Series, Library of
Congress, 1995). My current research will be published as a book entitled
Interpreting Islam, Modernity and Women's Rights: Implementing CEDAW in
Pakistan, Tunisia and Malaysia.


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