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Title:The Rise of Islam and Women of the National Islamic Front in Sudan
Author:Hale, SondraISNI
Year:1992
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Volume:19
Issue:54
Period:July
Pages:27-41
Language:English
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:Islamic movements
National Islamic Front
women
Religion and Witchcraft
nationalism
Women's Issues
Politics and Government
gender
Islamism
Abbreviation:NIF=National Islamic Front
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03056249208703951
Abstract:In 1988, when most of the research for this article was conducted, Sudanese were still permitted by the State to debate strategies for democratic change. An air of intellectual and political excitement generated by the 1985 'intifada' (the overthrow by civilians of the Nimeiri military dictatorship) still prevailed and debate over the advantages and disadvantages of an Islamic State was intense. But the atmosphere changed abruptly with the demise of the democratic processes in 1989 and the establishment of a right-wing Islamic military government. This article focuses on one group active in Sudan during the democratic era, the National Islamic Front (NIF), in order to explore the gender dynamics that both brought it to power and are sustaining it. It shows that an attempt has been made by the modern Islamists to create a new configuration in the gender division of labour whereby women are active in the work force, but only under the conditions that fulfill the requirements of the party/State. Bibliogr., sum.
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