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International Affairs Program
Northeastern University, Boston
24-25 October 2013
Location to be determined
Abstracts due 1 May 2013
First draft of papers due 10 September 2013
Revised drafts for publication due 1 February 2014
As large-scale political transitions are taking place in the Middle East and North Africa, Islamic forces have come to center stage yet again. From Turkey to Egypt and Tunisia, they have gained power within different political regimes with little or no competition from other socio-political forces. The debates about whether Muslim-majority states are taking the road to religious authoritarianism or conservative democracies have peaked. As religiously-oriented parties have risen in the West, even in Europe, the wave of political transitioning in the Middle East has set the stage for the rising power of religious conservatism out of politically diverse societies.
The papers will examine the alternative ways in which (and the extent to which) the discontents of Muslim women about their rights, freedoms and equality stand up to, challenge and weaken religious conservatism, while calling for democratic gender reform. While aiming at a comparative perspective, we will focus on the cases of Turkey, Iran, Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia.
Sponsored by Northeastern University, the International Affairs Program, the College of Social Sciences and the Humanities, and Peace Islands.
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