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Mapping Arab Women's Movements: A Century of Transformations from Within
     

Mapping Arab Women's Movements: A Century of Transformations from Within

by Pernille Arenfeldt (Editor), Nawar Al-Hassan Golley (Editor)
 

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This pioneering collection of analyses focuses on the ideologies and activities of formal women's organizations and informal women's groups across a range of Arab countries. With contributions on Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, Egypt, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, and the Arab diaspora in the United States, Mapping Arab Women's Movements

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This pioneering collection of analyses focuses on the ideologies and activities of formal women's organizations and informal women's groups across a range of Arab countries. With contributions on Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, Egypt, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, and the Arab diaspora in the United States, Mapping Arab Women's Movements contributes to delineating similarities and differences between historical and contemporary efforts toward greater gender justice. The authors explore the origins of women's movements, trace their development during the past century, and address the impact of counter-movements, alliances, and international collaborations within the region and beyond, providing accessible accounts for scholars and others interested in the Middle East and in women's movements in other settings.

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"This collection provides in-depth analyses of the formal and informal attempts Arab women's organizations and movements have undertaken to promote women's rights, going back to the beginning of the 20th century. By carefully tracing the origins and development of women's organizations in the region, the authors reveal the internal and external challenges faced by women activists as they struggle to promote their cause. These challenges include tribalism, religious conservatism, illiteracy, and the absence of democratic institutions. One chapter examines Muslim women's organizations in the US and Canada. Whether encouraging women to know their equitable rights in Islam or dealing with domestic violence within their communities, these organizations continue the long legacy of Muslim women's struggle for justice. Recommended."—Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789774164989
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press, The
Publication date:
07/01/2012
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Pernille Arenfeldt is assistant professor of history at the American University of Sharjah (United Arab Emirates). Her research and teaching interests are centered on early modern Europe and the modern/contemporary history of the Arabian Gulf, with a particular focus on gender-related questions.

Nawar Al-Hassan Golley is associate professor of critical theory and women's studies at the American University of Sharjah. Her research and teaching interests are focused on feminism and women's studies, Arab women's writings, autobiography and post-colonial literatures and discourses. Al-Hassan Golley is the author of Reading Arab Women's Autobiographies, Shahrazad Tells Her Story and editor of Arab Women's Lives Retold. Exploring Identity Through Writing.

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