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Political-Social Movements: Revolutionary: Syria
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Revolutionary movements in twentieth-century Syria have been a platform for women's demands for emancipation and access to political power. However, even when they have captured control of government, these movements have not revolutionized women's legal, economic, or social status, primarily because of the weaknesses of the Syrian state and economy, and the strength of conservative opposition movements.

The 1908 Constitutional Revolution fostered a new politics of citizenship in Syria and across the late Ottoman Empire. Elite urban women mobilized as…

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Thompson, Elizabeth F., “Political-Social Movements: Revolutionary: Syria”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 23 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0135j>
First published online: 2009

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