Secularism, Gender, and the State in the Middle East: The Egyptian Women's Movement


Nadje Al-Ali's book explores the anthropological and political significance of secular-oriented activism by focusing on the women's movement in Egypt; in so doing, it challenges stereotypical images of Arab women as passive victims. The argument is constructed around interviews that afford insights into the history of the movement, its activities and its goals. The author frames her work around current theoretical debates in Middle Eastern and postcolonial scholarship.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Cambridge, England
Publication year:
  • 2000


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