Abstract: “The Arab Spring and female empowerment of traditional Islamic women”

Women have played a major role in public life during and since the 2010 uprisings in The Middle East and in North Africa in a movement known as The Arab Spring. But scholars have suggested that progressive reformists who call for Western-style Democracy might consider how Islamic women’s disenfranchisement from cultural politics could be the consequence of a push for progressive reforms that are the subject of a new revolutionary-discourse. Islamic feminism’s emphasis on multiple critique may offer a means for reformists to address the topic of marginalized people’s disenfranchisement in The Middle East and North Africa. Scholars such as Miriam Cooke (2000), Isobel Coleman (2011), Lila Abu-Lughod (2002), Saba Mahmood (2001), and Fred Halliday (1990), have suggested that some activist Islamic women may face a challenge to their identity if they assume the ideological practices associated with Western-style Democracy. This paper suggests the United Nations ask the question: Why must women suffer when regimes fail? This paper advocates for a transnational approach to discourse when approaching topics that relate to the empowerment of traditional Islamic women.

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