The Moroccan Women’s Rights Movement
Amy Young Evrard
"Evrard succeeds with her ambition to provide a detailed portrayal of the Moroccan women’s movement. Her book gives rich insights into the realities in which Moroccan live and in which the movement operates. Scholars of law will not only find her description of the legal reforms of the Mudawwana interesting, but will also profit from the way in which Evrard puts law into context."—Law and Politics in Africa
"The book makes significant contributions to the anthropology of feminism, activism, and rights in Morocco as well as, more generally, to studies of the Middle East and North Africa. It will be of great use to undergraduate classes in anthropology, feminist and gender studies, and Middle Eastern and Islamic studies."—American Anthropologist
"A must read for those interested in women’s issues and women’s rights, activism, legal reform, family and law, gender, and the Middle East and North Africa."—International Journal of Middle East Studies
"Evrard shows how this movement weaves togetther the local and the transnational to produce something unique to Morocco and yet resonates with women’s concerns in the region and beyond—the promotion of women’s legal rights and the reform and implementation of the mudawwana (family law)."—Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies
"Morocco’s reform of its family code, the Moudawana, stands as a
milestone in bettering women’s status while staying within moderate
understandings of Islam. Amy Evrard adds greatly to our understanding
of how this reform was realized through her sophisticated
study of the Moroccan women’s movement as a social movement.
Evrard lays out a new paradigm of analysis as she situates this
reform between the ‘global’ and the ‘local,’ balancing Moroccan
women’s discussions of their needs and aspirations with the discourse
of women’s search for gender equity worldwide."—Donna Lee Bowen, Brigham Young University
Amy Young Evrard is associate professor of anthropology at Gettysburg College. She
has written several articles on women’s rights in Morocco and gender in the Middle East.
Book Description »[Hide Description »]
Among various important efforts to address women’s issues in Morocco,
a particular set of individuals and associations have formed around two
specific goals: reforming the Moroccan Family Code and raising awareness
of women’s rights. Evrard chronicles the history of the women’s rights
movement, exploring the organizational structure, activities, and motivations
with specific attention to questions of legal reform and family law.
Employing ethnographic scrutiny, Evrard presents the stories of the individual
women behind the movement and the challenges they faced. Given
the vast reform of the Moroccan Family Code in 2004, and the emphasis
on the role of women across the Middle East and North Africa today, this
book makes a timely argument for the analysis of women’s rights as both
global and local in origin, evolution, and application.
Table of Contents »[Hide Contents »]
1. Convincing Women
2. Obstacles and Opportunities
3. Vernacularizing Frames: "Equality" and "Women’s Human Rights"
4. Framing Mudawwana Reform
5. The Harmonious Family
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6 x 9, 312 pages, notes, references, index