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Author Krause, Wanda.
Title Civil society and women activists in the Middle East : Islamic and secular organizations in Egypt / Wanda Krause.
Published London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2012.
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Description viii, 263 p. : ill., map ; 22 cm.
Series Library of modern Middle East studies ; 118
Library of modern Middle East studies ; 118.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [243]-255) and index.
Contents Women activists in the Middle East -- Civil society and political participation -- Key issues for struggle: poverty and marginalization -- Practical considerations for methodology and fieldwork -- The Islamic and secular as means of participation -- Empowerment through the feminine and strategic -- Women's activism through networking.
Summary "In the Middle East, and in Egypt in particular, there has always been a tendency to accord complete supremacy to the authority and might of the state, and to see 'society' as a separate, powerless entity. However, after the uprising of 2011, this assumption was turned on its head. And it is the wide range of political activity beyond the remit of the official state where Wanda Krause locates a dynamic potential for political change from the bottom up. She looks in particular at the influential role of women's private voluntary organizations in Egypt in shaping concepts of civil society and democracy. Exploring both secular and 'Islamist' organizations, she offers a steadfast critique of the view that Islamic women activists are insignificant, 'backward' or 'uncivil'. Krause's examination of women activists in Egypt today is vital for those interested in Middle East and Gender Studies, as well as those researching the wider issues of civil society and democratization."--Publisher's website.
Subject Women -- Egypt -- Social conditions -- 21st century.
Women political activists -- Egypt -- History -- 21st century.
Civil society -- Egypt -- History -- 21st century.
Social action -- Egypt -- History -- 21st century.
ISBN 184885885X (hbk.)
9781848858855 (hbk.)
OCLC number 757931979