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Women RisingIn and Beyond the Arab Spring$
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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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Half Syrian Sufi Blogger

Half Syrian Sufi Blogger

Faith and Activism in the Virtual Public Space

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Women Rising

Michela Cerruti

NYU Press

Female participation in the Syrian blogosphere grew exponentially between 2004 and 2011. Secular activists (such as Dania, blogger of My Chaos) and religious ones (such as the author of Damascus Dreams) raised awareness of their beliefs and struggles. Whether looking for a space in which to freely preach their faith or seeking a tool to spread their modernizing secular feminist ideals, Syrian women showed equal determination to advocate for women’s agency. In this chapter, Michela Cerruti analyzes the life story narrated by the blogger “50% Syrian,” who is based in Damascus, in pre–Arab Spring Syria. She examines her use of the virtual public space to promote her Sufi tradition and support for gender equality.

Keywords:   Syrian blogosphere, gender equality, Sufi tradition, blogosphere, Damascus Dreams, My Chaos

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