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Women, Sexuality and Social Change in the Middle East and the Maghreb

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Women, Sexuality and Social Change in the Middle East and the Maghreb (2002, English)

What are the factors that determine how women experience sexuality and how can these be challenged when they contribute to inequality and human rights violations? This paper details the political practices that have delimited and policed women’s sexuality, arguing that the oppression of women has more to do with the political, economic and social inequalities existing in Muslim societies rather than Islam as a religion itself. It therefore examines three main factors that impact women’s sexuality in the Muslim world: namely, modernisation, nationalism and the rise of the Islamic religious right.

Pınar İlkkaracan
Social Research Vol.69, No.3, Fall 2002

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