Double-Edged Politics on Women’s Rights in the MENA Region

  • Hanane Darhour
  • Drude Dahlerup

Part of the Gender and Politics book series (GAP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Drude Dahlerup, Hanane Darhour
    Pages 1-46
  3. Women’s Rights, Feminism and Islamism

  4. Post-Spring Dynamics and Feminist Norm Diffusion

  5. Women’s Activism and the Reconfigured State

  6. Empowered or Sidelined? On Women’s Political Representation and Influence

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 303-311

About this book


While the Arab Uprisings presented new opportunities for the empowerment of women, the sidelining of women remains a constant risk in the post-revolutionist MENA countries. Changes in the position of women are crucial to the reconfiguration of state-society relations and to the discussions between Islamist and secular trends. Theoretically framed and based on new empirical data, this edited volume explores women’s activism and political representation as well as discursive changes, with a particular focus on secular and Islamic feminism, and changes in popular opinions on women’s position in society. While the contributors express optimistic as well as more pessimistic views for the future, they agree that this is a period of uncertainty for women in the region, and that support by ruling elites towards women’s rights remains ambiguous and double-edged.

Hanane Darhour is Associate Professor at the Polydisciplinary Faculty of Ouarzazate, Ibn Zohr University, Morocco. She is the author of Implementation of Electoral Gender Quotas: Evidence from the 2002 Moroccan Elections (2012).

Drude Dahlerup is Professor of Political Science at Stockholm University, Sweden, and Honorary Professor at Roskilde University, Denmark. She has published extensively on gender and politics, gender quota systems, the history of women’s movements, and theories of feminism, including Has Democracy Failed Women? (2018).


women’s rights Arab Spring Arab uprisings political representation feminism secularism Islamism gender equality CEDAW sharia law Islamic feminism women’s empowerment democratization social movements Maghreb unified legal systems committee leadership segregation electoral quotas gender quotas

Editors and affiliations

  • Hanane Darhour
    • 1
  • Drude Dahlerup
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Languages, Arts and Human SciencesIbn Zohr UniversityAit MelloulMorocco
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

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