Revolutionary Feminism In North Africa: An Interdisciplinary Journal Looks At Women, Gender and the Arab Spring

Revolutionary Feminism In North Africa: An Interdisciplinary Journal Looks At Women, Gender and the Arab Spring

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Revolutionary feminism, freed from its ties to the state, offers a purer feminist agenda--but is it any more effective? Photo Credit: Gigi Ibrahim via Compfight cc Revolutionary feminism, freed from its ties to the state, offers a purer feminist agenda–but is it any more effective? Photo Credit: Gigi Ibrahim via Compfightcc

A new special issue of the Journal of North African Studies features a series of articles on « Women, Gender and the Arab Spring. »

In her introduction to the volume, Andrea Khalil argues that the Arab Spring has seen a shift in feminist politics from a situation in which state-sponsored women’s organizations sought to solve « the woman question »–an effort which « lacked a real feminist agenda and exacerbated the difficult conditions of rural and poor women »–to a decentralized, non-institutional activism through which « popular pressures have been applied to the new governments by a wide range of groups of women whose opinions are redefining how constitutional and legal language treats gender in newly debated definitions of national identity. »

The issue contains two papers specifically on Egypt.

The first is « The revolution…

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