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Soft ForceWomen in Egypt's Islamic Awakening$
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Ellen Anne McLarney

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691158488

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691158488.001.0001

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The Islamic Homeland

The Islamic Homeland

Iman Mustafa on Women's Work

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(p.180) Chapter 5 The Islamic Homeland
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Soft Force
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Ellen Anne McLarney

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691158488.003.0006

This chapter traces the proliferation of debates over women's work—tangled dialectics among development experts, feminists, academics, politicians, Marxists, Azharis, Islamists, and journalists like Iman Muhammad Mustafa. Mustafa charts a specific chronological timeline of these debates, from 1974 to 1989, a period of intense economic and political liberalization in Egypt. In 1989, in the midst of economic crisis and Egypt's contentious negotiations with the International Monetary Fund, Mustafa published a ten-part series of articles in the mainstream economic journal al-Ahram al-Iqtisadi criticizing “the working woman.” The articles identified women as a great, untapped resource of human capital in Egypt. Using the statistics, charts, arguments, and language of development reports, Mustafa critiqued Western, secular, feminist valorization of remunerated labor through a celebration of the economic and social worth of women's work in the household economy.

Keywords:   Muslim women, women's work, Iman Muhammad Mustafa, human capital

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