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Space: Female Space: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine
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Flexibility is a key feature of spatial practices in the Arab world (Gilsenan 1982). Ethnographies reveal not an absolute dichotomy between female and male public space, but a wide and ever changing array of attitudes, conventions, and contests. Women's relationship to space has been a central concern of discourse and policy in colonial and postcolonial Arab states. Since their inception in the nineteenth century, Arab feminist movements sought the right of access to public space (Dabbous 2004, …

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Salamandra, Christa, “Space: Female Space: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 22 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0281a>
First published online: 2009

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