Polemics on the modesty and segregation of women in contemporary Egypt.

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Finds that virtually all Muslim Egyptians aspire to be modern while maintaining an identity as Muslims. The vast majority of middle and upper-class women wear international dress, and work outside the home. It is unlikely therefore that many will respond to the call of some Islamic groups for women to return to the home. The appeal of modernity, however, is in tension with the appeal of authenticity, and a major concern is whether the appearance of being religious is as important as maintaining the essence of Islamic spirituality.-from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-50
Number of pages28
JournalInternational Journal of Middle East Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science


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