Secularism, Gender and the State in the Middle East: The Egyptian Women's Movement / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$38.81
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $7.40
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 82%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (17) from $7.40   
  • New (8) from $21.98   
  • Used (9) from $7.40   

Overview

Nadje Al-Ali's book explores the anthropological and political significance of secular-oriented activism by focusing on the women's movement in Egypt; in so doing, it challenges stereotypical images of Arab women as passive victims. The argument is constructed around interviews that afford insights into the history of the movement, its activities and its goals. The author frames her work around current theoretical debates in Middle Eastern and postcolonial scholarship.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Al-Ali has provided a thoughtful analysis of the Egyptian women's movement. Her ability to weave field interviews into her material makes this an original work. The book is a welcome addition to the growing scholarship on women in Egypt. It will also be a useful source for comparative studies of nongovernment organizations in the developing world." History: Reviews of New Books

"...the book does a wonderful job explaining and providing a theoretical context for understanding the movement...the book represents a welcome addition to scholarship on women in the Middle East, international development, and globalization." Choice

"sensitively researched and brilliantly written." Middle Eastern Journal

"The individual articles are accessible to undergraduates while the entire collection would provide graduate students with an excellent summary of the best recent innovative scholarship on gender in the Middle East. This collection would work well for courses in anthropology, political science, Women's Studies, Middle East studies, or cultural studies.... Throughout the work, Al-Ali interrogates dichotomies that often figure in feminist analyses of women's lives: public versus private, universal human rights versus cultural specificity, the authentic or traditional versus Western imports, and East versus West. Part of what makes this book so intriguing is that she takes these discussions into new arenas that few other scholars have explored." National Women's Studies Association Journal

"...the book sheds important light on the educated segment of the secular feminist movements in contemporary Egyptian society." Studies in Contemporary Islam

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521785044
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2008
  • Series: Cambridge Middle East Studies Series , #14
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Up against conceptual frameworks: post-Orientalism, Occidentalism and presentation of self; 2. Contextualizing the Egyptian women's movement; 3. Self and generation: formative experiences of Egyptian women activists; 4. Secularism: challenging neo-Orientalism and histories; 5. From words to deeds: priorities and projects of contemporary activists; 6. A mirror of political culture in Egypt: divisions and debates among women's activists; Conclusion.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)