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Soft Force: Women in Egypt's Islamic Awakening

Ellen Anne McLarney


In the decades leading up to the Arab Spring in 2011, when Hosni Mubarak's authoritarian regime was swept from power in Egypt, Muslim women took a leading role in developing a robust Islamist presence in the country's public sphere. This book examines the writings and activism of these women—including scholars, preachers, journalists, critics, actors, and public intellectuals—who envisioned an Islamic awakening in which women's rights and the family, equality, and emancipation were at the center. Challenging Western conceptions of Muslim women as being oppressed by Islam, this book shows how w ... More

Keywords: Arab Spring, Muslim women, women's rights, family, women's equality, emancipation, traditional roles, Islamists, Islamist politics, women's liberation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780691158488
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691158488.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ellen Anne McLarney, author
Duke University