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Qualifier l’engagement des Syriennes dans la révolution. Les retournements du mot حرائر (femmes libres)

Abstract : Harâ'ir, this plural of the term "hurra" (free in the feminine) has a singular and archaic resonance. From the first weeks of the Syrian revolution, it was used to designate the women participating in the uprising against the regime of Bashar al-Assad. However, it soon aroused the ire of the seculars and a polemic within the opposition itself. In this camp, if some consider it to be a 'poetic' and neutral word without religious connotations, others believe that its widespread use is the symptom of an Islamist drift and discrimination against women. Our research, the main lines of which are presented in this article, reveals a variety of uses, linked not only to the contexts of enunciation - the semantic value is not the same according to time and place - but also to the political positions of the people who use it, sometimes brandishing it like a slogan. Our aim is not, of course, to propose the "true definition" of the term, but to identify some uses of the term in Syria from 2011 onwards and to grasp its semantic and emotional charge.
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Emma Aubin-Boltanski. Qualifier l’engagement des Syriennes dans la révolution. Les retournements du mot حرائر (femmes libres). 2020. ⟨hal-03099886⟩

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