Competing Agenda: Feminists, Islam and the State in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Egypt



In Egypt the ‘woman question’ has been a contested domain involving feminists, Islamists, and the state. This chapter explores their competing discourses and agenda in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Egypt and how they have shifted over time.1 Divergent discourses arose in the context of modern state and class formation, and economic and political confrontation with the West. These multiple discourses have been sustained in strikingly different political and economic cultures as state and society continually negotiate changing realities.


Arab World Arab Woman Lower Middle Class Official Discourse Islamic State 
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