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Islamic Feminism and the Discourse of Post-Liberation
The Cultural Turn in Algeria

ISBN 9781138631458
Published December 30, 2020 by Routledge
180 Pages

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Book Description

This important study examines the cultural turn for women in the Middle East and North Africa, analyzing the ways they have adjusted to and at times defended, socially conservative redefinitions of their roles in society in matters of marriage, work, and public codes of behavior.

Whether this cultural turn is an autochthonous response, or an alternative to Western feminism, Islamic Feminism and the Discourse of Post-Liberation: The Cultural Turn in Algeria examines the sources, evolution, contradictions as well as consequences of the Cultural Turn. Focusing on Algeria, but making comparisons with Tunisia and Morocco, it takes an in-depth look at Islamic feminism and studies its functions in the geopolitics of control of Islam. It also explores the knowldge effects of the cultural turn and crucially identifies a critical way of re-orienting feminist thought and practice in the region.

This new work from a highly regarded scholar will appeal to researchers, graduates, and undergraduates in North African studies; Middle Eastern studies; sociology, women and gender studies; anthropology; political science; and ethnic and critical race studies.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Genealogy of the Cultural Turn

Chapter 2 National Religion and Culture

Chapter 3 Maghrebin Islam and Its Gendered Functions

Chapter 4 The Management of Salafism and Women

Chapter 5 Islamic Feminism in the Shadow of Deradicalization

Chapter 6 Feminist Antecedent Knowledge and Women’s Quranic Contextualism

Chapter 7 Postliberation and Quranic Attributor Contextualism



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Marnia Lazreg is Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and The Graduate Center, CUNY, USA. Her research interests span constructions of otherness, colonial history, cultural movements, international development, women in the Middle East and North Africa, and postmodernist social theory. She has lectured extensively around the world and participated in radio and television programs. Her most recent publications include Foucault’s Orient: The Conundrum of Cultural Difference, From Tunisia to Japan (2017), Questioning the Veil: Open Letters to Muslim Women (2010), and Torture and The Twilight of Empire: From Algiers to Baghdad (2017).