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Welfare And Modernity: Three Concepts For The 'Advanced Woman'

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This chapter focuses on welfare and charitable work carried out in the name of three mutually different political rules that have prevailed in the Yemeni town Aden during the past fifty years. It looks at the nature of such welfare projects and their respective discourses on the promised woman. The chapter explains how the female body becomes the target of 'advancement' and a symbol of the benefits of the particular agenda. Within these discourses, the female body rises as a symbol of advancement and marks the distinction into other, competing discourses. The female body becomes the carrier of different meanings: British charity ideology, the social good of the PDRY women's emancipation policy and most recently, the Islamic 'good Muslim' in the fight against corruption and poverty. After Yemeni unification and the emergence of Islamic discourses, modernity and modern roles for women increasingly gained an 'Islamic' character.

Keywords:Islam; modernity; promised woman; social welfare; Yemeni



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