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Civil society and women activists in the Middle East : Islamic and secular organizations in Egypt /
Wanda Krause.
imprint
London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2012.
description
viii, 263 p. : ill., map ; 22 cm.
ISBN
184885885X (hbk.), 9781848858855 (hbk.)
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imprint
London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2012.
isbn
184885885X (hbk.)
9781848858855 (hbk.)
catalogue key
8471457
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [243]-255) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2013-03-01:
This outstanding study of women activists in Egypt--with implications for the Middle East generally--by Krause (School of Oriental and African Studies, Univ. of London) focuses on the recently much-emphasized concept of "civil society" (i.e., the network of associations or private voluntary organizations [PVOs] outside the compass of the state) that is believed to constitute an important foundation of democracy. The author refutes the widespread idea that the Middle East lacks a substantial civil society, showing instead that women in particular defy the stereotype of being passive and that their "grassroots" activities foster "participation, civility, and empowerment" and thus have political significance. Notably, she refutes the widespread assumption that only secular organizations are relevant to the existence of civil society and establishes the importance of Islamist associations that previously have been dismissed as "illiberal"--or simply overlooked. The book is the culmination of extensive original research, primarily involving interviews of participants in women's PVOs and observation of their activities in helping combat such problems as illiteracy, ignorance, and poverty. Krause has made an important contribution to the literature in Middle East studies and to civil society, democratization, religion, and women's studies generally. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. G. E. Perry emeritus, Indiana State University
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Wanda 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.
Main Description
In light of the recent popular uprisings and revolutions taking place across the North Africa and Middle East (MENA) region, a comprehensive and informed analysis of democratization from below is more vital now than ever. Wanda Krause's Civil Society and Women Activists in the Middle East: Islamic and Secular Organizations in Egypt provides just such timely and lucid analysis and will therefore be welcomed by academics, policy makers, and lay-people with ah interest in the region, seeking to make sense of these rapidly unfolding developments. With its fascinating ethnographic study of women activists in Egypt today, Krause's book offers a powerful riposte to Orientalist arguments regarding the absence of political society in the Middle East, and the lack of political agency of women in what are deemed to be patriarchal and oppressive societies. Civil Society and Women Activists in the Middle East will be of great interest to students and scholars of Middle East and Gender Studies, as well as those researching the wider issues of civil society and democratization. Book jacket.
Main Description
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 organisations in Egypt in shaping concepts of civil society and democracy. Exploring both secular and Islamist organisations, 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 democratisation.
Main Description
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.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Women Activists in the Middle Eastp. 1
Civil Society and Political Participationp. 35
Key Issues for Struggle: Poverty and Marginalizationp. 59
Practical Considerations for Methodology and Fieldworkp. 85
The Islamic and Secular as Means of Participationp. 115
Empowerment through the Feminine and Strategicp. 149
Women's Activism through Networkingp. 189
Conclusionsp. 227
Notesp. 235
Bibliographyp. 243
Indexp. 257
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