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Title:Gender Politics in Sudan: Islamism, Socialism, and the State
Author:Hale, SondraISNI
City of publisher:Boulder, CO
Publisher:Westview Press
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:Islamic movements
National Islamic Front
communist parties
Equality and Liberation
Politics and Government
Religion and Witchcraft
Sex Roles
Abstract:Focusing on the relationship between gender and the State in the construction of national identity politics in 20th-century northern Sudan, the author investigates the mechanisms that the State and political and religious interest groups employ for achieving political and cultural hegemony. She 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, the author analyses male positioning of women to serve the men's movements. 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. The first part of this book is a methodological introduction, which discusses the problematics of gender studies, particularly feminist scholarship, within Middle Eastern studies. The second part offers background information on Sudan and Sudanese women, while part 3 contains two case studies: women in the Sudanese Communist Party and women in the National Islamic Front.