Egyptian Islamists and the Status of Muslim Women Question

Roxanne D. Marcotte


This paper will explore the gender discourse of contemporary Egyptian Islamists and argue that their gender discourse is not merely a religious and traditional discourse, but that this politico-religious Islamic ideology articulates a quite modern construct of gender equality. The gender discourse of a number of important Egyptian Islamists, al-Banna, Qutb, al-Ghazali, al-Qaradawi and Ezzat will provide illustrations of these modern developments. Modern elements incorporated in today s Islamist revivalist approaches create new understandings, neither purely traditional, nor purely modern, that are modern constructs that attempt to remain traditional, while integrating specifically modern components. The presence of these two seemingly opposing and contradictory elements may account for the present popularity that Islamist discourses enjoy in many Muslims countries.


gender , Egyptian Islamists, Muslim society, Muslim Women Question, political activism, Feminism

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