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Resistance, Revolt, and Gender Justice in Egypt

Mariz Tadros (author)

ISBN: 9780815634614

Publication Date: Apr 2016

Format: Hardback

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Charts the arc of the Egyptian women's movement, capturing the changing dynamics of gender activism over the course of two decades. Tadros explores the interface between feminist movements, Islamist forces, and three regime ruptures in the battle over women's status in Egyptian society and politics.
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On December 20, 2011, Egyptian women of all ages and backgrounds–urban and rural, working class and upper class–came out in force to Cairo's Tahrir Square in one of the largest uprisings in the country's history. The demonstrators gathered as citizens and likewise as women demanding social change and the right to gender equality. The size and impact of that uprising underscore the vital importance of women activists to what became known as the Arab Spring.

In Resistance, Revolt, and Gender Justice in Egypt, Tadros charts the arc of the Egyptian women's movement, capturing the changing dynamics of gender activism over the course of two decades. She explores the interface between feminist movements, Islamist forces, and three regime ruptures in the battle over women's status in Egyptian society and politics. Parsing the factors that contribute to the success and failure of activist movements, Tadros provides valuable insight on sustaining social change and a vitally important perspective on women's evolving status in a contemporary authoritarian context.

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Tadros's study of the Egyptian women's movement following 2011 explains its ‘red lines' while providing rich and nuanced empirical analysis of the women's movement's organizational, ideological, and legal challenges."–Diane Singerman, editor of Cairo Contested: Governance, Urban Space, and Global Modernity

"An important contribution to the literature on women' s movements in the Arab world as well as to theoretical debates about transitions to democracy and collective action."–Hoda Elsadda, author of Gender, Nation, and the Arabic Novel: Egypt, 1892–2008
Illustrations 1 table
Pages 352
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Apr 2016
Publisher Syracuse University Press
Series Gender, Culture, and Politics in the Middle East
Subject/s Middle Eastern history   Gender studies: women   Feminism & feminist theory  
Mariz Tadros is a research fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, USA. She is the author of The Muslim Brotherhood in Contemporary Egypt: Democracy Redefined or Confined?

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