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Book Title: Civil Society and Women Activists in the Middle East: Islamic and Secular Organizations in Egypt|
The author of the book: Wanda Krause
ISBN 13: 9781848858855
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Edition: I. B. Tauris
Date of issue: June 15th 2012
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In the Middle East, and in Egypt in particular, there has always been a tendency to accord complete supremacy to the authority and might of the state, and to see "society" as a separate, powerless entity. However, after the uprising of 2011, this assumption was turned on its head. And it is the wide range of political activity beyond the remit of the official state where Wanda Krause locates a dynamic potential for political change from the bottom up. She looks in particular at the influential role of women's private voluntary organizations in Egypt in shaping concepts of civil society and democracy. Exploring both secular and "Islamist" organizations, she offers a steadfast critique of the view that Islamic women activists are insignificant,"'backward", or "uncivil". Krause's examination of women activists in Egypt today is vital for those interested in Middle East and Gender Studies, as well as those researching the wider issues of civil society and democratization.
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Read information about the authorWanda Krause grew up in the north of Canada in Whitehorse, Yukon. She then travelled extensively and completed a PhD in politics, University of Exeter, UK. In the places of travel, she has now studied hundreds of activists and has participated alongside some. She also studied spirituality and integral thinking. She strives to meld the two paths of politics and spiritual practice in hopes of bringing consciousness and enthusiasm to activism.
She has taught in public policy on planning and strategic management from an integral systems approach and was previously founding coordinator of a Masters program in Qatar; senior lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS, University of London; and research fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE), UK.