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Women in the Middle East and North Africa : agents of change / edited by Fatima Sadiqi and Moha Ennaji
Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, c2011
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Subject(s) Women -- Middle East -- History
Women -- Africa, North -- History
Social change -- Middle East -- History
Physical Description xiii, 297 p. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [271]-288) and index
Contents Introduction: Contextualizing women's agency in the MENA region / Fatima Sadiqi and Moha Ennaji -- Part I. Reconsidering the foundations of women, Islam, and political agency. The veil : religious and historical foundations of the modern political discourse / Nazli Fathi-Rizk ; Women, Islam, and political agency in Morocco / Fatima Sadiqi ; Assia Djebar and Malika Mokeddem : neocolonial agents or postcolonial subjects? / Abdelkader Cheref ; Women and political reform in Israel / Galia Golan -- Part II. Women's leadership in civil society. Women's NGOs and social change in Morocco / Moha Ennaji ; Palestinian women's movements and activism / Islah Jad -- Part III. Women and legal reform. Tunisia at the forefront of the Arab world : two waves of gender legislation / Mounira M. Charrad ; Feminism and family law in Iran : the struggle for women's economic citizenship in the Islamic Republic / Valentine M. Moghadam ; The legal status of women in Egypt : reform and social inertia / Hoda Ragheb Awad -- Part IV. Women: social, cultural, religious, and symbolic change. Algerian women as agents of change and social cohesion / Zahia Smail Salhi ; Women in Turkey : caught between tradition and modernity / Fatma Umut Bespinar ; Women and language in Tunisia / Raoudha Kammoun ; Women, education, and the redefinition of empowerment and change in a traditional society : the case of Oman / Thuwayba Al Barwani ; Perpetuating authority : Ishelhin women's rituals and the transmission of Islamic knowledge in southwestern Morocco / Margaret J. Rausch ; Moroccan women contrabandists : interferences in public space / Touria Khannous ; The Orient within : women "in-between" under Francoism / Aurora G. Morcillo
Summary "This book examines the position of women in the contemporary Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Although it is culturally diverse, this region shares many commonalities with relation to women that are strong, deep, and pervasive: a space-based patriarchy, a culturally strong sense of religion, a smooth co-existence of tradition and modernity, a transitional stage in development, and multilingualism/multiculturalism. Experts from within the region and from outside provide both theoretical angles and case studies, drawing on fieldwork from Egypt, Oman, Palestine, Israel, Turkey, Iran, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Spain. Addressing the historical, socio-cultural, political, economic, and legal issues in the region, the chapters cover five major aspects of women's agency: political agency, civil society activism, legal reform, cultural and social agencies, and religious and symbolic agencies. Bringing to light often marginalized topics and issues, the book underlines the importance of respecting specificities when judging societies and hints at possible ways of promoting the MENA region. As such, it is a valuable addition to existing literature in the field of political science, sociology, and women's studies." -- Back cover
Series UCLA Center for Middle East Development series ; 2
Alternate Author Sadiqi, Fatima
Ennaji, Moha

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