A Revolution in Muslim Family Law? Egypt’s Pre- and Post-Revolutionary Period (2011-2013) Compared

Nadia Sonneveld and Monika Lindbekk

Abstract: In the weeks following the Egyptian revolution of 2011, a group of divorced fathers rose to demand a “revolution in family law.” Portraying extant family law provisions as symbolic of the old regime and as deviating from the principles of shariʿa, their call was given prominent media attention and, in the ensuing transitional period (2011 to 2013), women’s rights and family law emerged as contentious areas in Egypt. By comparing public debates on family law reform in the decade preceding the 2011 revolution to the two years following it, we argue that Egypt’s “revolution in family law” actually started a decade earlier, in 2000, when Egyptian women’s new right to divorce unilaterally rocked the country. This set in motion other legal reforms that challenged fundamental aspects of male authority in the family and slowly led to the emergence of innovative conceptions of motherhood and fatherhood.

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