Women in Islamist Movements

Toward an Islamist Model of Women's Activism

Authored by: Omayma Abdellatif and Marina Ottaway

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Democratization and Political Participation, Political Transitions
Country: Lebanon, Egypt
Region: Middle East and North Africa
Year: 2007
Citation: Abdellatif, Omayma and Marina Ottaway. "Women in Islamist Movements: Toward and Islamist Model of Women's Activism." Carnegie Papers, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2007. Accessed January 3, 2017.

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Islamist women are increasingly involved in political processes and could spawn a full-fledged Islamist movement for women’s rights, finds a new study by the Carnegie Endowment. In Women in Islamist Movements: Toward an Islamist Model of Women’s Activism, Carnegie scholars Omayma Abdellatif and Marina Ottaway argue that women’s participation in Islamist movements reflects a growing trend toward women’s activism in the Arab world, though quite different from Western norms. Through interviews and conversations with women belonging to Lebanon’s Hizballah, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, and other Islamist organizations across numerous Arab nations, the authors found an energetic debate among women activists on their newfound role as political actors.