Islamic Women's Activism in the Arab World
Potentials and Challenges for External Actors
Islamic women’s activism may appear a contradiction in terms to many Western audiences accustomed to presentations of Islam as counterproductive to the promotion of women’s empowerment and the situation of women more generally. Yet in the Arab world many different groups and individuals – as scholars, as charity and welfare providers, and as religious or political activists – work to empower women based on Islamic arguments and references. Based mainly on insights from Egypt, Jordan and Morocco, this report provides an easily accessible introduction to Islamic women’s activism in the Arab world. It also considers the potentials and challenges of this activism. The report concludes with a number of recommendations to external actors wishing to engage with Islamic women’s activists.
© 2012 Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) and Julie Elisabeth Pruzan-Jorgensen
Julie Elisabeth Pruzan-Jorgensen