1st Edition

Gender Politics In Sudan
Islamism, Socialism, And The State

ISBN 9780813333700
Published August 1, 1997 by Routledge
311 Pages

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Book Description

Focusing on the relationship between gender and the state in the construction national identity politics in twentieth-century northern Sudan, the author investigates the mechanisms that the state and political and religious interest groups employ for achieving political and cultural hegemony. Hale argues that such a process involves the transformation of culture through the involvement of women in both left-wing and Islamist revolutionary movements. In drawing parallels between the gender ideology of secular and religious organizations in Sudan, Hale analyzes male positioning of women within the culture to serve the movement. Using data from fieldwork conducted between 1961 and 1988, she investigates the conditions under which women’s culture can be active, generating positive expressions of resistance and transformation. Hale argues that in northern Sudan women may be using Islam to construct their own identities and improve their situation. Nevertheless, she raises questions about the barriers that women may face now that the Islamic state is achieving hegemony, and discusses limits of identity politics.

Table of Contents

List of tables -- Acknowledgments -- Part One – Introduction -- Part Two – Background to Sudan and Sudanese Women -- Part Three – Two Case Studies -- Glossary -- References -- Index -- About the Book and Author.

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