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Analyses the links between gender and governance in contemporary Muslim majority countries and diaspora contexts.

Following a period of rapid political change, both globally and in relation to the Middle East and South Asia, this collection sets new terms of reference for an analysis of the intersections between global, state, non-state and popular actors and their contradictory effects on the politics of gender.

The volume charts the shifts in academic discourse and global development practice that shape our understanding of gender both as an object of policy and as a terrain for activism. Nine individual case studies systematically explore how struggles for political control and legitimacy determine both the ways in which dominant gender orders are safeguarded and the diverse forms of resistance against them.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction – Beyond Women, Islam and the State: Situating the Politics of Gender in a New Century
Deniz Kandiyoti, Nadje Al-Ali and Kathryn Spellman Poots

2. Protest, Resistance and Shifting Gender Orders in Egypt: Crossing Red Lines? Heba El Kholy and Nadia Taher

3. Manufacturing Consent in Iran: from Moral Subjects to (Un)Healthy Citizens
Nazanin Shahrokni

4. Saudi Women: between Family, Religion and State
Madawi Al-Rasheed

5. Against All Odds: the Resilience and Fragility of Women’s Gender Activism in Turkey
Deniz Kandiyoti

6. Discrete Moves and Parallel Tracks: Gender Politics in Post-2001 Afghanistan
Torunn Wimpelmann

7. Palestine: Gender in an Imagined Fragmented Sovereignty
Islah Jad

8. Iraq: Gendering Violence, Sectarianisms and Authoritarianism
Nadje Al-Ali

9. Defiance not Subservience: New Directions in the Pakistani Women’s Movement
Afiya Shehrbano Zia

10. Muslim Diasporas in Transition: Islam, Gender and New Regimes of Governance
Kathryn Spellman Poots

Epilogue – Locating Gender in Contentious Politics
Deniz Kandiyoti

About the Contributors


Publication Information

Aga Khan University ISMC; Edinburgh University Press


Exploring Muslim Contexts




978 1 4744 5545 9


Diaspora, gender, gender studies, governance, Islam, Middle-Eastern politics, state, women

Volume 8: Gender, Governance and Islam