North African Women and Colonialism

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The paper traces the roots/routes of North African women’s engagement with colonialism from the seventh-century CE Arab/Islamic incursions to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries’ European colonialism. While the colonial experiences were both multiple and heterogeneous throughout the region, the paper attempts to show how North African women happened upon similar episodes of exploitation, abuse, and retrogression albeit relatively. It also attempts to show how, in face of these very infringements, North African women offered powerful accounts of defiance, be it in Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, or Egypt and how in so doing they proved to be agents of revolutionary change, countering as such colonial and/or oriental narrations of the passive, submissive North African woman.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of African Women's Studies
EditorsOlajumoke Yacob-Haliso, Toyin Falola
PublisherSpringer Nature
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-77030-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-77030-7
Publication statusPublished - 24 Apr 2020