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Civil Society: Sub-Saharan Africa
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While it is generally true that the voices of women, and Muslim women in particular, have been conspicuously absent from the political discourse conducted in postcolonial Sub-Saharan Africa, there is variation within the region. In light of this variation, this entry addresses three questions: (1) Where have Sub-Saharan African Muslim women been most organized, politically active, and openly supportive of the development of civil society? (2) Why have Muslim women been more organized, politicall…

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Dowd, Robert A., “Civil Society: Sub-Saharan Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 11 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0069f>
First published online: 2009

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