Abu-Lughod, Lila. “Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving?” The Daily Beast. 22 October 2003.

Author’s abstract: “As an anthropologist who had spent decades living in communities in the Middle East, I was uncomfortable with disjunction between the lives and experiences of Muslim women I had known and the popular media representations I encountered in the Western public sphere, the politically motivated justifications for military intervention on behalf of Muslim women that became common sense, and even the well-meaning humanitarian and rights work intended to relieve global women’s suffering.”