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Rita Stephan and Mounira M. Charrad

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479846641

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479846641.001.0001

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Failing the Masses in Syria

Failing the Masses in Syria

Buthaina Shabaan and the Public Intellectual Crisis

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Women Rising

Asaad Alsaleh

, Rita Stephan, Mounira M. Charrad
NYU Press

In this chapter, Asaad Alsaleh discusses the problematic and double-sided role of the public intellectual Buthaina Shabaan in the Syrian revolution. Shabaan was a writer, professor, and advocate of the Syrian regime who spurred the populace to embrace the possibility of democratic reform. However, this feminist intellectual accepted—even embraced—the political control employed by the Assad authoritarian one-party regime, which used her as a representative of its supposed progressive and women’s liberation agendas.

Keywords:   Buthaina Shabaan, Assad, Syrian revolution, public intellectual

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