Anita M. Weiss
Professor and Head
Department of International Studies
(541) 346-3245



Interpreting Islam, Modernity and Women’s Rights in Pakistan Palgrave Macmillan, 2014; South Asian edition by Orient BlackSwan, New Delhi, 2015 See video from Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, discussing the book manuscript

Co-editor (with Arjun Guneratne) and contributor Pathways to Power: the Domestic Politics of South Asia Rowman & Littlefield, 2014; South Asian edition by Orient BlackSwan, New Delhi, 2014

Co-Editor (with Saba Gul Khattak) and contributor Development Challenges confronting Pakistan Kumarian Press, 2013; South Asian edition by Viva Books, New Delhi, 2013

Co-editor (with Zulfiqar Gilani) and contributor Power and Civil Society in Pakistan Oxford University Press, 2001

Walls Within Walls: Life Histories of Working Women in the Old City of Lahore Westview Press, 1992; Republished in Pakistan by Pak Books, 1992; republished by Oxford University Press with a new Preface, 2002

Culture, Class and Development in Pakistan: The Emergence of an Industrial Bourgeoisie in Punjab Westview Press, 1991; Republished in Pakistan by Vanguard Press, 199

Editor and contributor Islamic Reassertion in Pakistan: The Application of Islamic Laws in a Modern State Syracuse University Press, November 1986; Republished in Pakistan by Vanguard Press, 198

Recent Articles/Book Chapters:
*“After the Taliban and the Megaflood: The Challenges of Reconciliation and Rebuilding Lives in Swat" (in progress)

*"Competing Visions of Women's Rights in Pakistan: State, Civil Society and Islamist Groups" in Routledge Handbook on Contemporary Pakistan edited by Aparna Pande (in pgrogress)

*The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA)” in Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics (in progress; my entry completed)

*“Surviving in Pakistan’s Cities: A Complex Web of Challenges and Alternatives” Arena Journal No. 41/42, 2013-14, pp. 260-277

*Women and Social Reform: Social Reform in South Asia" and “Women’s Action Forum” in Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World Oxford University Press, 2nd edition, 2009; 3rd edition 2013

*Women in South Asia” in Adil Najam and Moeed Yusuf and (eds.) South Asia 2060: Envisioning Regional Futures Anthem Press, 2013, pp. 277-283.

*Crisis and Reconciliation in Swat through the Eyes of Women" in Magnus Marsden & Ben Hopkins (eds .) Beyond Swat: History, Society and Economy along the Afghanistan/Pakistan Frontier Hurst & Co., Columbia University Press, 2012, pp. 179-192

*-----and Muhammed Aurang Zeb Mughal “Pakistan” in Louis Kotzé , Stephen Morse, and Irina Krasnova (eds.), The Encyclopedia of Sustainability:Vol. 9. Afro-Eurasia: Assessing Sustainability Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing, 2012: 236-240.

*“Moving Forward with the Legal Empowerment of Women in Pakistan” USIP Special Report No. 305, May 2012

*“Society” in Ayesha Jalal (ed.) The Oxford Companion to Pakistani History Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 494-495

*Population Growth, Urbanization and Female Literacy” in Stephen P. Cohen and others The Future of Pakistan Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2011, pp. 236-248

*“Within the Walls: Home-based Work in Lahore” in Sadaf Ahmad (ed.) Pakistani Women: Multiple Locations and Competing Narratives Oxford University Press, 2010, pp. 12-24

*Islamic Influence on Sociolegal Conditions of Pakistani Women” reprinted in Magnus Marsden (ed.) Islam and Society in Pakistan: Anthropological Perspectives Oxford University Press, 2010, pp. 52-75

*“Straddling CEDAW and the MMA: Conflicting Visions of Women's Rights in Contemporary Pakistan” in Kenneth Cumo and Manisha Desai (eds.) Family, Gender and Law in a Globalizing Middle East and South Asia Syracuse University Press, 2009, pp. 163-183

*"Women and Social Reform: Social Reform in South Asia" and “Women’s Action Forum” in Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World Oxford University Press, 2nd edition, 2009

*“Women’s Rights in Pakistan” Viewpoints: Islamization of Pakistan 1979-2009 Online publication of the Pakistan Studies Center, Middle East Institute, February 2009

*“Questioning Women’s Rights in Pakistan: Finding Common Ground” in Mussarrat Abid and Qalb-i- Abid (eds.) South Asia: Politics, Religion and Society Lahore: Pakistan Study Center, University of the Punjab, 2008, pp. 102-142

*“Process, Priorities Crucial to U.S. Aid in Pakistan” Op-ed piece in The Sunday Oregonian newspaper, 10 August 2008, pp. D6

*“A Provincial Islamist Victory in NWFP, Pakistan: The Social Reform Agenda of the Muttahida Majlis- i-Amal” in John L. Esposito and John Voll (eds.) Asian Islam in the 21st Century New York: Oxford University Press, 2008, pp. 145-173

*“Towards Understanding Difference but not ‘Sameness’: a Response to Grahame Thompson” Globalizations Vol. 3, # 4, December 2006 , pp. 449-453

*“Pakistan” in Ray Scupin ( ed.) Peoples and Cultures of Asia Prentice Hall, 2005, pp. 143-184

*“Islamic Influence on Sociolegal Conditions of Pakistani Women” in Daniela Bredi (ed.) Islam in South Asia Monograph of Oriente Moderno; Rome: Istituto per l'Oriente (volume in Italian and English), New Series, XXIII, 1, 2004, pp. 307-328

*"Interpreting Islam and Women's Rights: Implementing CEDAW in Pakistan" International Sociology Vol. 18, No. 3, September 2003, pp. 581-601

*“Pakistan-Profile” and “Women in Pakistan” in Encyclopedia of Modern Asia edited by David Levinson and Karen Christensen. 6 volumes. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2002; recipient of 2003 Outstanding Reference Source award by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) of the American Library Association

*“Social Development, the Empowerment of Women and the Expansion of Civil Society: Alternative Ways out of the Debt and Poverty Trap” Pakistan Development Review: an International Journal of Development Economics Vol. 40, No. 4, Winter 2003, pp. 401-432

*“Xiangang de Nanyia Musilin Bendizi Shenfen de Chuangzao” (Chinese translation of earlier publication “South Asian Muslims in Hong Kong: Creation of a ‘Local Boy’ Identity”) in Chan Shun-hing (ed.) A Carnival of Gods: Studies of Religions in Hong Kong Hong Kong Reader Series, Oxford University Press and Centre of Asian Studies, University of Hong Kong, 2002, pp. 414-452

*“Much Ado about Counting: the Conflict over Holding a Census in Pakistan” Asian Survey, Vol. XXXIX, No. 4, July/August 1999, pp. 679-693

*“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, Spring 1998, pp. 71-89

*"The Slow Yet Steady Path to Women's Empowerment in Pakistan" in Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad and John Esposito (eds.) Islam, Gender and Social Change Oxford University Press, 1998, pp. 124-143

*"The Society and its Environment" in Peter R. Blood (ed.) Pakistan: A Country Study Area Handbook Series, Federal Research Division, Library of Congress, 1995, pp. 75-146

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