Anita M. Weiss
Professor of International Studies
University of Oregon
(541) 346-3245



Muslim Women Mobilizing Locally and Globally (in process)

Countering Violent Extremism in Pakistan: Local Actions, Local Voices (Oxford University Press, 2020)

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 (paperback by Palgrave Macmillan April 2016)
Interview with Sher Ali Tareen on New Books in Islamic Studies series, January 2016

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:
Mobilizing to Counter Violent Extremism in Pakistan: Innovative Undertakings of Non-State Actors" in Imran Ahmed, Zahid Shahab Ahmed, Howard Brasted, and Shahram Akbarzadeh (eds.) Violent Religious Extremism in South Asia Palgrave Macmillan (in press, 2020)

*Book Review: ‘Nafisa Shah Honor Unmasked: Gender Violence, Law and Power in Pakistan Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2016’ Journal of Asian Studies Volume 76, No. 4, 2018

*“Competing Visions of Women’s Rights in Pakistan: State, Civil Society & Islamist groups” in Aparna Pande (ed.) Routledge Handbook on Contemporary Pakistan Routledge, 2017, pp. 351-365

*Who’s Afraid of Women Herald Newsmagazine, Karachi, April 2017

*Book Review: ‘Christophe Jaffrelot The Pakistan Paradox: Instability and Resilience trans. Cynthia Schoch. London: Hurst & Co., 2015’ Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 75, No. 4, November 2016, pp. 1154-1156

*"Can Civil Society Tame Violent Extremism in Pakistan?" Current History: a Journal of Contemporary World Affairs Vol. 115, No. 780, April 2016, pp. 144-149.

*The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA)” in Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics Oxford University Press (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

This page updated January 23, 2020