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Soft ForceWomen in Egypt's Islamic Awakening$
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Ellen Anne McLarney

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691158488

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691158488.001.0001

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The Islamic Public Sphere and the Subject of Gender: The Politics of the Personal

The Islamic Public Sphere and the Subject of Gender: The Politics of the Personal

(p.1) Introduction The Islamic Public Sphere and the Subject of Gender: The Politics of the Personal
Soft Force

Ellen Anne McLarney

Princeton University Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. This book is about the soft force of Islamic cultural production in the decades leading up to the 2011 revolution in Egypt. It is about the role women play in articulating that revolution, in their writings, activism, and discursive transformation of Egypt's social, cultural, and political institutions. It is intended as an antidote to dominant representations of women as oppressed by Islamic politics, movements, and groups. The book details women's contribution to the emergence of an Islamic public sphere—one that has trenchantly critiqued successive dictatorships in Egypt, partly through a liberal ideology of rights, democracy, freedom, equality, and family values.

Keywords:   Muslim women, women activists, Arab Spring, soft force, Egypt

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