Arab Spring and Arab Women

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Muhamad Olimat
Routledge, Nov 26, 2013 - Political Science - 200 pages

This volume examines the role of Arab women in Arab Spring and their contribution to the ongoing process of change sweeping the region. The book begins with an examination of the process of democratization and its impediments in the Arab World since the Second World War. It then looks at the conditions that led to the upsurge of the so-called Arab Spring. Finally, it underscores women’s role as participants, organizers, leaders, but also as victims.

The main thesis of the book is that while Arab women were an integral part of the revolutionary efforts within the Arab Spring paradigm, they did not benefit from their sacrifices. Although they continue to be part of the process of change, their gains, rights and scope for participation are still limited. If the expansion of women’s participation and the scope of their rights do not seem to be a priority for revolutionary forces, women have made remarkable achievements, especially in some Arab Spring countries such as Yemen and Libya.

The book includes case studies of some Arab Spring countries and other countries influenced by developments: Egypt, Bahrain, Kuwait, Libya, Yemen, Algeria, Jordan, Morocco and Saudi Arabia. It calls on revolutionary and reformist forces to give special attention to issues related to Arab women, as they are an indispensable pillar in the process of reform, development, peace and stability in the Middle East.

 

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Contents

democratization Arab Spring and Arab women
1
1 Arab women and political development
17
2 Gender empowerment in Algeria
32
meeting the challenges of empowerment and emancipation
48
4 An Egyptian Spring for women?
61
5 The role of women in the Egyptian revolution of 25 January 2011
70
6 The Arab Spring and women in Kuwait
86
7 Prospects for women in the new Libya
106
from historical feminism to 20 February 2011 activism
121
contextualizing grassroots activism and state reforms
134
10 The status of women in Syria before and during the Arab Spring
146
11 Social networks and womens rights activism in postrevolutionary Tunisia
162
the beginning or the end of womens dreams in Yemen?
176
Conclusion
193
Index
197
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