The Other Extremists: Marxist Feminism in Egypt, 1980-2000


Hammad, Hanan. 2013. “The Other Extremists: Marxist Feminism in Egypt, 1980-2000.” Journal of International Women’s Studies 12 (3): 217–33.

Author: Hanan Hammad


This article focuses on independent Marxist feminists in Egypt during the last two decades of the twentieth century. I show that despite the Islamist discourses that called for women’s withdrawal from public places simultaneously with the demise of state feminism, the public sphere was far from monolithic. Independent Marxist Feminists attempted to challenge the strictures of gender, and to participate with alternate discourses and activism in and through alternate media and public spaces. My goal is to shift the attention from Cairo-based politics and movements and to shed light on feminist activism in the relatively closed communities in small provincial towns.

Topics: Feminisms, Gender, Women, Media, Religion Regions: Africa, MENA, North Africa, Middle East Countries: Egypt

Year: 2013

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