Sondra Hale’s deep and long-term relationship with Sudan has produced a substantial body of scholarship that has transformed the anthropology of gender in the Middle East. She argues in her work that a version of Islamic citizenship was articulated by Hassan al-Turabi’s Islamist government in Sudan in the 1990s to shape society’s notion of the ideal Muslim woman. This essay looks at Hale’s work on women’s citizenship in Sudan to examine the constitution of this notion and how it shapes women’s citizenship in post-Arab Spring Egypt. My aims are to explore the various conflicting powers through which ideals of women’s citizenship in Egypt after the revolution are produced and to problematize Hale’s notion of citizenship to better understand the role that Islamism plays in shaping these gendered political subjectivities.
Sherine Hafez; Gender and Citizenship Center Stage: Sondra Hale’s Legacy and Egypt’s Ongoing Revolution. Journal of Middle East Women's Studies 1 March 2014; 10 (1): 82–104. doi: https://doi.org/10.2979/jmiddeastwomstud.10.1.82
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