Revealing Reveiling: Islamist Gender Ideology in Contemporary Egypt

Revealing Reveiling: Islamist Gender Ideology in Contemporary Egypt

by Sherifa Zuhur

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Overview

Explores the history of Muslim women and debates over gender, which have developed since the golden age of Islam.

In modern Egypt, the pace of Islamic resurgence has increased as in other Muslim societies. Throughout the twentieth century, Egyptian women have fought fiercely for political participation and for legal and educational reform to improve their status. To many of them, the adoption of a new form of the veil seemed retrogressive and ominous. This book explores the history of Muslim women and the debates over gender, which have developed since the golden age of Islam. It considers the opinions, goals, and ideals of fifty Egyptian women, veiled and unveiled, and compares their views to the gender ideology of the contemporary Islamists. Women’s social backgrounds are examined in the context of the Egyptian state and its social policies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791409275
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 07/28/1992
Series: SUNY series in Middle Eastern Studies Series
Pages: 207
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Sherifa Zuhur is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

1. New Images or Continuous Archetypes?

2. The Process of Listening

3. Her Story: Archetypes and Arguments of Middle Eastern Women

4. Studies of Self-Image

5. Construction of the Virtuous Woman

6. Unveiled Women Reply

7. Dreaming the Myth, and Veiling It

APPENDIX A

APPENDIX B

NOTES

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

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