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Title:Alienation and Belonging - Women's Citizenship and Emancipation: Visions for Sudan's Post-Islamist Future
Author:Hale, SondraISNI
Periodical:New Political Science (ISSN 0739-3148)
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:Politics and Government
Religion and Witchcraft
Sex Roles
Cultural Roles
Status of Women
Equality and Liberation
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/07393140120030322
Abstract:This essay examines Sudanese Islamist debates about the position of women within an Islamic framework, oppositional groups' stances on the nature of a post-Islamist Sudan and women's role in the nation. The author critiques oppositional groups for a lack of vision for a post-Islamist gender egalitarian Sudan and feminism for its lack of clarity about the concept of women's emancipation. The author argues that all groups in Sudan have not extended a visionary approach to women, but have been limited to expressions about 'women's rights.' Using the concepts of 'emancipation,' 'gender egalitarianism,' 'citizenship,' 'alienation,' 'belonging,' and 'subject,' the author deconstructs segments of crucial political documents such as Islamic decrees, the new Sudanese Constitution (1998), the 'Asmara Declaration' of the National Democratic Alliance, and various statements by political parties in exile. Using excerpts from women's narratives, the author attempts to illuminate Sudanese women's self-identification, belonging, and citizenship.