During the upheavals in the Arab Spring countries, people from different social categories—men and women, Muslims and Christians, rich and poor—took to the streets guided by a common goal: the toppling of the authoritarian regimes. The people called for freedom and dignity for all without differentiation or discrimination. Nevertheless, once the dictators had been ousted, the people’s sense of cohesiveness proved to be of a limited duration. As Egyptian women demonstrated for the promotion of women’s rights on International Women’s Day (March 8, 2011) in Tahrīr...
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