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Civil Society: Overview
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Recent research on Muslim women's lives outside the home and harem has called into question accepted truths about the nature of their seclusion. An important branch of this scholarship has focused on Muslim women as citizens in civil society. Scholars have engaged the prevailing liberal model of civil society, defined as an arena of public discourse and action separate from political, economic, and…

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Thompson, Elizabeth F., “Civil Society: Overview”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 31 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0069a>
First published online: 2009

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