Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Egypt's feminists prepare for a long battle - Features - Al Jazeera English

Good article in AJ,

Islamist politicians (such as MP Azza al Garf, who Slate.com compared with Tea Party supporter Michele Bachmann), scholars, and activists such as Abou Bakr - who look at women's rights through an Islamic frame of reference - say they are looked upon with some scepticism by Western and secular feminists in general.

"Secular feminists have always been suspicious of Islamist politics - and maybe half of that is right, because the gender ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood is conservative and the Salafist gender ideology is influenced by Wahabi gender ideology, so I can see why there is a justification for these suspicions," said Abou Bakr, adding that it was not only within Islam that women fight for equal rights, but also within Christianity and Judaism.

Egypt's feminists prepare for a long battle - Features - Al Jazeera English

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