Gender and Politics

Double-Edged Politics on Women’s Rights in the MENA Region

Editors: Darhour, Hanane, Dahlerup, Drude (Eds.)

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  • Explores dynamics of gender and democratization in the MENA region
  • Contributes to a growing comparative literature on women’s political representation
  • Opens new avenues of thought and empirical research on the representation of women and the status of women’s rights reforms in the region
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While the Arab Uprisings presented new opportunities for the empowerment of women, the sidelining of women remains a constant risk in the post-revolutionist MENA countries. Changes in the position of women are crucial to the reconfiguration of state-society relations and to the discussions between Islamist and secular trends. Theoretically framed and based on new empirical data, this edited volume explores women’s activism and political representation as well as discursive changes, with a particular focus on secular and Islamic feminism, and changes in popular opinions on women’s position in society. While the contributors express optimistic as well as more pessimistic views for the future, they agree that this is a period of uncertainty for women in the region, and that support by ruling elites towards women’s rights remains ambiguous and double-edged. 

About the authors

Hanane Darhour is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Languages, Arts and Human Sciences, Ibn Zohr University, Morocco. She is the author of Implementation of Electoral Gender Quotas: Evidence from the 2002 Moroccan Elections (2012).

Drude Dahlerup is Professor of Political Science at Stockholm University, Sweden, and Honorary Professor at Roskilde University, Denmark. She has published extensively on gender and politics, gender quota systems, the history of women’s movements, and theories of feminism, including Has Democracy Failed Women? (2018).

Reviews

“This great book outlines the mobilizations and contestations for women’s rights in a post-Spring divided MENA region. It shows how the Arab Spring is feminizing Islam while maintaining a powerful secular feminist movement. It is an important contribution highlighting how new modes of women’s activism have emerged; yet only a few doors have been opened for women’s empowerment in this period of uncertainty.” (Khedija Arfaoui, feminist activist and human rights researcher, Tunisia)

“The book chapters answer fundamental questions that previous studies could not answer and offer a unique insight into the position of women following the Arab Spring. They also provide an analysis of the various supportive and/or hindering factors of feminism and women's empowerment in the MENA countries. The editors of the book have a long history of contributing to the academic construction of feminism and the participation of women in public space.” (Gihan Abouzeid, Gender Expert, Egypt)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Arab Uprisings and the Rights of Women

    Pages 1-46

    Dahlerup, Drude (et al.)

  • The Center: A Theoretical Framework for Understanding Women’s Rights in Pre- and Post-Arab Spring North Africa

    Pages 49-70

    Sadiqi, Fatima

  • Whose Gender Equality? On the Boundaries of Islam and Feminism in the MENA Region

    Pages 71-93

    Bouzghaia, Ilyass

  • Cultural Change in North Africa: The Interaction Effect of Women’s Empowerment and Democratization

    Pages 97-130

    Feather, Ginger

  • Changing Tides? On How Popular Support for Feminism Increased After the Arab Spring

    Pages 131-154

    Glas, Saskia (et al.)

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eBook $64.99
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Hardcover $119.99
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  • Due: January 3, 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-030-27734-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Double-Edged Politics on Women’s Rights in the MENA Region
Editors
  • Hanane Darhour
  • Drude Dahlerup
Series Title
Gender and Politics
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-27735-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-27735-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-27734-5
Series ISSN
2662-5814
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 311
Number of Illustrations
10 b/w illustrations
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