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Egyptian Feminism: Trapped in the Identity Debate

  title={Egyptian Feminism: Trapped in the Identity Debate},
  author={Lama Abu-Odeh},
  journal={Yale Journal of Law and Feminism},
  • Lama Abu-Odeh
  • Published 2004
  • History
  • Yale Journal of Law and Feminism
This Article argues that if we wish to account for the limited gains made in the area of family law reform in Egypt in the twentieth century, it is crucial to relate the debate on family law with another debate, one revolving around the identity of the Egyptian legal system.' Whereas the dispute over family law reform forced decisions on gender and the family, the contest surrounding identity centered on the ongoing and agonized struggle by Egyptians to define the nature of their country's… 

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