Chapter 7: Varieties of feminisms in the Middle East and North Africa
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This contribution analyzes the history, evolution, framings, and collective action strategies of feminist movements and organizations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Since at least the 1980s, a rich literature has produced country, comparative, and conceptual studies on women's and feminist movements in MENA. This contribution will synthesize that literature, while also drawing on the broader scholarship on women's mobilizations and feminist strategies, to present an overview of and explanation for the drivers, diffusion, and diversity of forms that have taken shape over the decades and their relationship to politics. It will cover ideologies and discourses (for example, nationalist, socialist, liberal, secular, Islamist, Islamic feminist), social class and ethnic bases and biases, and coalition-building and transnational linkages for policy and legal reform. Recognizing that women's socio-political involvement and mobilization is not a story of linear progress, the contribution will draw attention to setbacks, stagnation, and backlashes precipitated by domestic or international factors and forces.

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