Women Rising: In and Beyond the Arab Spring

Rita Stephan, Mounira M. Charrad
NYU Press, 2020 M06 9

Groundbreaking essays by female activists and scholars documenting women’s resistance before, during, and after the Arab Spring

Images of women protesting in the Arab Spring, from Tahrir Square to the streets of Tunisia and Syria, have become emblematic of the political upheaval sweeping the Middle East and North Africa. In Women Rising, Rita Stephan and Mounira M. Charrad bring together a provocative group of scholars, activists, artists, and more, highlighting the first-hand experiences of these remarkable women.

In this relevant and timely volume, Stephan and Charrad paint a picture of women’s political resistance in sixteen countries before, during, and since the Arab Spring protests first began in 2011. Contributors provide insight into a diverse range of perspectives across the entire movement, focusing on often-marginalized voices, including rural women, housewives, students, and artists.

Women Rising offers an on-the-ground understanding of an important twenty-first century movement, telling the story of Arab women’s activism.


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The Labor Strikes That Catalyzed the Revolution in Egypt
My Resolve Persists Despite
Men against Domestic Violence in Lebanon
Women as Drivers of the Yemeni Uprisings
A Patriotic Christian Woman in the Syrian Parliament
Rose Ghurayyibs Editorial Letters in AlRaida
Um Sahar the Adeni Woman Leader in alHirak Southern Independence Movement
Womens Perceptions from Upper and Lower Rural Egypt
Disappearance and Womens Claims against State Violence
Mapping the Egyptian Womens AntiSexual Harassment Campaigns
International Womens Day March 8 1988
Celebrating Womens Day in Baghdad the City of
The Lebanese Womens Movement Online and Offline

Qubaysiat Womens Group in Syria
The Egyptian Revolution and the Feminist Divide
Algerian Feminists Navigate Authoritarianism
A Call for Action from Sudan
Aliaa Elmahdy Nude Protest Transnational Feminist Body Politics
Protest Soundscapes as Political Dissent
Negation as Resistance and Reimagining in the Work of Bahia
Faith and Activism in the Virtual Public Space
Womens Political Participation in Bahrain
Syrian Women Subverting Dominant Paradigms
Saudi Women Negotiating Power in the Public Space
Kuwaiti Women in the Karamat Watan Protests
An Interview with Summer Nasser
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Rita Stephan is a Research Fellow at The Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies at North Carolina State University and the Director of the Middle East Partnership Initiative at the U.S. Department of State. She is the co-editor of In Line with the Divine: The Struggle for Gender Equality in Lebanon and the author of several publications on Lebanese women’s movement, social movements, social networks, and Arab-Americans.

Mounira Charrad is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas, Austin and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Baker Institute, Rice University. She is author of the award-winning book, States and Women’s Rights: The Making of Postcolonial Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco, as well as the editor or co-editor of Patrimonial Power in the Modern World, Patrimonial Capitalism and Empire, Women’s Agency: Silences and Voices, and Femmes, Culture et Société au Maghreb.

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