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What Role for the Sisters? Islamist Movements between Authenticity and Equality

Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo, NO-0315 Oslo, Norway
Academic Editor: Klaus Baumann
Religions 2022, 13(3), 269;
Received: 5 January 2022 / Revised: 6 February 2022 / Accepted: 18 March 2022 / Published: 21 March 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Islamist Movements in the Middle East)
In mainstream Islamist discourse, there is an awkward coexistence between recognition of women as equal political actors and affirmation of a traditional Muslim view of the man as head of the family. Islamism emerged in countries where patriarchy has remained deeply engrained. Yet their stances have varied. In Morocco, female Islamists have pushed for women’s rights and a guarded opening towards cooperation with feminists. In contrast, the Muslim Brothers in Egypt have remained more conservative and female cadres have prioritised fighting any development seen as threatening the Muslim family. The Arab Spring also stirred matters regarding gender relations, as women took active part in the uprisings. In the years to come, women’s issues will likely demand ever more attention across the Arab world. How the Islamists deal with this will be pivotal in determining the future of the movements. To understand the evolving responses of the movements to this challenge, it is essential to analyse the development of mainstream Islamist discourse and practice relating to gender relations in the period leading up to the ruptures of 2011. This article will investigate the issue in the two cases of Egypt and Morocco, and seeks to understand the relationship between internal and external drivers of ideological change. View Full-Text
Keywords: Islamism; gender relations; Egypt; Morocco Islamism; gender relations; Egypt; Morocco
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Utvik, B.O. What Role for the Sisters? Islamist Movements between Authenticity and Equality. Religions 2022, 13, 269.

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