To use the phrase "Middle Eastern feminism" will strike many in the West as an oxymoron. There is a pervasive sense that custom and religion conspire to oppress women across that region. In fact, the situation is more complicated than that. This month historian Gulsah Torunoglu examines the role Egyptian feminists played in the 2011-14 revolutionary era and traces the powerful tradition of Egyptian feminism that stretches back to the nineteenth century.
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