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      ACADEME TODAY: The Chronicle of Higher Education's
      Daily Report for subscribers

      Good day!

      Here are news bulletins from The Chronicle of Higher Education
      for Monday, September 30.

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      A glance at the September issue of "American Anthropologist":
      Do Afghan women need rescuing?

      Lila Abu-Lughod, a professor of anthropology at Columbia
      University, offers several caveats to the Bush administration's
      "war on terrorism" as it applies to the purported "rescue" of
      Muslim women oppressed by the former Taliban regime.

      The war, which "justifies itself by purporting to liberate, or
      save, Afghan ... 'women of cover' (as President George Bush so
      marvelously called them)," is a problematic approach informed by
      dubious motives, Ms. Abu-Lughod writes. "Can we only free Afghan
      women to be like us, or might we have to recognize that even
      after 'liberation' from the Taliban, they might want different
      things than we would want for them? What do we do about that?"
      she asks. "Second," she warns, "we need to be vigilant about the
      rhetoric of saving people because of what it implies about our

      Instead of trumpeting such paternalistic notions of salvation,
      Ms. Abu-Lughod writes, a better first step would be "to break
      with the language of alien cultures, whether to understand or
      eliminate them. Missionary work and colonial feminism belong in
      the past."

      "Our task," she concludes, "is to critically explore what we
      might do to help create a world in which those poor Afghan
      women, for whom 'the hearts of those in the civilized world
      break,' can have safety and decent lives."

      The article is not available online, but information about the
      journal may be found at http://www.aaanet.org/aa

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