North African Women after the Arab Spring

In the Eye of the Storm

  • Larbi Touaf
  • Soumia Boutkhil
  • Chourouq Nasri

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Larbi Touaf, Soumia Boutkhil
    Pages 1-9
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 251-255

About this book


This book looks with hindsight at the Arab Spring and sheds light on the debates it triggered within North African societies and the alarming developments in women’s rights. Although women played a key role in the success of the uprisings that wiped out long ruling oligarchies across the region, they remain excluded from decision-making circles and the formal political and electoral apparatus. Women's rights are written off constitution drafts, and issues of gender equality are hardly addressed. The chapters that compose this volume present research and reflections from different perspectives to help the reader get a better picture of the profound turmoil that beset this part of the so-called “Arab” World. Adopting an interdisciplinary perspective, the contributors discuss a host of questions related to women and gender in the Arab world and address the broader question of why women's efforts and momentum during the revolution did not seem to pay off the same way they did for men. This book provides an assessment of the situation from the inside. It is intended to help the general public as well as the academic world comprehend the significance of what is going on in this key part of the Islamic World.


North Africa Women Arab Women Arab Spring Revolution Gender Studies Women's Rights Islamic Culture Political Islam

Editors and affiliations

  • Larbi Touaf
    • 1
  • Soumia Boutkhil
    • 2
  • Chourouq Nasri
    • 3
  1. 1.English DepartmentMohammed I UniversityOujdaMorocco
  2. 2.Mohammed I University OujdaMorocco
  3. 3.Mohammed I University OujdaMorocco

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