Women’s rights in the Maghrib have been institutionally hyper-politicized and have served all sorts of agendas from the colonialist and neo-imperialist to the anticolonialist and postcolonialist, to the religious extremist. What is the situation today?
I adopt an overarching theoretical framework that I call the ‘Center’, an ideological shifting framework at the crossroads of culture, religion, and politics where diverse gender-based discourses converse. The Center is not a movement, but it is yielding a new mind-set which seeks to highlight difference (whether linguistic, ideological, cultural, religious, educational, class-based, or gender-oriented), transgress the state’s authority (in which it lost trust), and find new free ways of expression that are not constrained by (political) alliances. In these emerging dynamics, gender is central, both as a defining marker and discourse and a way of reconfiguring space.
Her research is focusing on Gender and Women's Studies in North Africa, Berber Studies, Globalization and Social change, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean world. Sadiqi is President of the Association for Middle East Women's Studies – AMEWS. She has published numerous books, for example "Women's Movements in the Post-'Arab Spring' North Africa" or "Moroccan Feminist Discourses".
Teil der mehrsprachigen Vortragsreihe «10 Jahre sogenannter Arabischer Frühling – eine kritische Betrachtung» von der (Hochschul)Gruppe Kritische Islamwissenschaftler*innen und Arabist*innen (KIARA), unterstützt von der Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung.
Dr. Katja Hermann
Unit Head, West Asia; Senior Advisor for Palestine and Israel, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung
Phone: +49 30 44310485