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Author Abdel-Latif, Omayma

Title In the shadow of the brothers : the women of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood / Omayma Abdel-Latif
Published Washington, DC : Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (23 pages)
Series Carnegie papers ; no. 13
Working papers (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) ; no. 13
Contents Introduction -- Old vision, new reality -- The absence of structure -- Documenting the evolution -- The absence of women in the Brotherhood structure -- Arguments against change -- New trends -- Street politics -- Conclusion
Summary In September 2007, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt released its first political party platform draft. Among the heavily criticized clauses was one that denied women (and Copts) the right to be head of state. In previous Brotherhood documents there was no specific mention of the position of head of state; rather, they declared that women were allowed to occupy all posts except for al-imama al-kubra, the position of caliph, which is the equivalent of a head of state in modern times. Many were surprised that despite several progressive moves the Brotherhood had made in previous years to empower women, it ruled out women's right to the country's top position. Although the platform was only a first draft, the Muslim Brotherhood's ban on women in Egypt's top office revived old, but serious, questions regarding the Islamist movement's stand on the place and role of the "Sisters" inside the movement. Far from being resolved, the issue of the position of women in the Muslim Brotherhood is at the center of a lively debate. However, there is no evidence that this debate is threatening the unity of the movement
Notes "October 2008."
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page 23)
Subject Jamʻīyat al-Ikhwān al-Muslimīn (Egypt)
Jamʻīyat al-Ikhwān al-Muslimīn (Egypt)
Muslim women -- Civil rights -- Egypt
Women's rights -- Religious aspects -- Islam
Women's rights -- Religious aspects -- Islam.
Form Electronic book
Author Carnegie Middle East Center