An Alternative to Western Feminism: The Societal and Cultural Implications of the Islamic Women's Movement

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feminism, society and culture, Islamic Women's Movement, religion, gender roles, politics and society


Gender and Sexuality | Islamic Studies | Near Eastern Languages and Societies | Political Science | Politics and Social Change | Religion | Women's Studies


It is early morning in Cairo, Egypt, on December 31, 1999--the last day of the second millennium. The sun has just finished lifting itself out of the dunes in the east, and the buildings cast long, early morning shadows on the gritty sidewalks. Slowly but surely, the streets begin to fill with people. A young man stops for his morning newspaper on his way to work, fishing stray pounds from the pockets of his European-style business suit. An old shop owner unlocks his doors and sets his chair out on the sidewalk. He puffs on honey-flavored sheesha, strokes his gray beard, and nods to a boy who speeds by on a bicycle. In the fruit markets, a vendor arranges his produce as he haggles with a man over the price of grapes.

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