The Middle East Women's Studies Review

The Middle East Women's Studies Review is a magazine specializing in women's topics.

Articles

Vol. 19, No. 1-2, Spring-Summer

Gendered Occupation and Resistance in Palestine
My name is Su'ad Al-Najjar. I live with my husband, five sons and three daughters in the 'Khan Shahin' neighborhood of the Old City of Hebron. We rented our house from the Building Society two years ago. Our house is located in front of an Israeli...
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Women's Learning Partnership: Working to Build Women's Leadership and Technology Capacity for the Future
Women's Learning Partnership for Rights, Development and Peace (WLP), a transnational network, partners with grassroots organizations primarily in Muslim majority countries to create culture and language specific curricula and conduct leadership learning...
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The Legacy of a Remarkable Muslim Woman: Sharifa Alkhateeb
American Muslim intellectual, activist, journalist, writer, and friend to all Muslim women, Sharifa Alkhateeb, passed away Wednesday, October 20, 2004 AD/6 Ramadhan, 1425 AH. Sharifa has been an advocate for Muslims and more specifically Muslim women...
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A Report on the Loss of Modern Art in Iraq
The destruction of Iraq's cultural heritage is a subject which is rarely mentioned in the US and other western media. The occasional mention in academic circles of the wanton destruction, lack of protection and neglect of Iraq's archaeological sites...
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Message from AMEWS President Val Maghadam
Sept 2, 2004 Dear AMEWS members, Greetings from Paris. I trust you all have had a restful summer and are now settled into another productive academic year. As we finalize our preparations for the annual MESA meetings, in San Francisco on 20-23...
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Vol. 18, No. 3-4, Fall-Winter

Message to AMEWS Val Moghadam, President-Elect Amman, 21 October 2003
As I write this message, I am sitting at a friend's desk in Amman, Jordan, where I have been interviewing women leaders and activists in connection with a project on globalization, transnational feminism, and women's movements in the Middle East. Next...
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Barbara Aswad Receives AMEWS' Lifetime Achievement Award: Introductory Comments by Louise Cainkar: MESA 2003 Annual Meeting, Anchorage, Alaska
Introductory Remarks by Louise Cainkar: This Lifetime Achievement Award could not go to a more deserving person. Barbara Aswad's scholarly interest in Arab women's issues began in 1956, when she was a young college student on a Middle East study...
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Barbara Ibrahim Receives AMEWS' Lifetime Achievement Award: Introductory Comments by Suad Joseph: MESA 2003 Annual Meeting, Anchorage, Alaska
Introductory Remarks by Suad Joseph: It is my pleasure, on behalf of The Association for Mid die East Women's Studies (AMEWS) to present Barbara Ibrahim with the AMEWS Life Time Achievement Award for her work on women and human rights and development....
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Voices of Resistance: Two Iraqi Women Speak Out: Azza Basarudin and Khanum Shaikh Interview Amal Al-Khedairy and Nermin Al-Mufti
On November 17, 2003, Amal Al-Khedairy and Nermin Al-Mufti, two visitors from Iraq, gave a talk at the University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) on the impact of the United States' military occupation on Iraqi men and women. Khedairy's opening...
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Gendering Encyclopedia Knowledge: The Making of the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures
Gendering Encyclopedia Knowledge: The making of the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures A panel was held on November 8 at the 2003 Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Conference in Anchorage, Alaska to discuss the developmental process...
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Clash or Consensus: Gender and Human Security in a Globalized World
Clash or Consensus: Gender and Human Security in a Globalized World More than 250 activists, academics, policy-makers, and organizational and religious leaders from over 20 countries gathered at Women's Learning Partnership's human security conference,...
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Vol. 18, No. 1-2, Spring-Summer

"Life Lines: The Literature of Women's Human Rights"
On March 6, 2003, in celebration of International Women's Day, Women's Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace (WLP) brought together four international women poets and writers for Life Lines: The Literature of Women's Human Rights....
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Revisiting Popular Memory and the Construction of Gendered Identity: The Story of a Project
As a mother of two children, a boy and a girl, I often found myself rephrasing, rewriting or simply changing stories I read to my children out of fairy tale books and other children's collections. I would skip or add adjectives, change the details...
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Fall-Winter

Crusade! I Mean Democracy! You Know: Women!
"Wars, even small ones, are often helpful to capitalism" (Miyoshi, 1998, 252). This straightforward statement articulates the self-evident that the advocates of war must hide if they are to succeed. No war can be openly said to be fought for economic...
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Globalization and Women in the Middle East
In this short paper I will briefly discuss globalization in its different dimensions, identify its gender aspects, and discuss how it affects the Middle East and especially women in the region. First, globalization is a complex and multidimensional...
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"Women and Leadership in Muslim Societies: Voices for Change"
On November 25, 2002, the Women's Learning Partnership for Rights, Development and Peace (WLP) in collaboration with the Dialogue Project of the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University sponsored a forum examining...
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AMEWS Statement on Iraq
The Association of Middle East Women's Studies opposes the United States occupation of Iraq and calls for the United Nations to supervise the process of government formation and social reconstruction. We support a Peace and Reconciliation process similar...
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AMEWS Annual Meeting Secretary/treasurer's Report Washington, DC, USA: November, 2002
This past year has been a very busy and exciting one for AMEWS. AMEWS is currently growing at a steady pace and is expanding in multiple directions. The AMEWS Board of Directors, at this year's business meeting, asked the membership for their endorsement...
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A Letter from Our President
Dear Members: It was terrific to see so many of you at this year's many events sponsored by our Association. Thanks for your loyal support. This time last year I announced that I had five goals for my presidency, and I am happy to report to you...
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The Chaos of Seeing: Witnessing the Occupied Territories
I've been asked to write an article on my experiences doing activism in Palestine during the roughly six months I spent there between 2001-2002. But as I sit here staring at the clean blankness of my computer screen, the chaos and pain of what I witnessed...
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Spring-Summer

"Honor Killing": Culture, Politics and Theory
On January 22, 2002, Rahmi Sahindal, a Kurdish immigrant from Turkey, killed his daughter Fadime, in Uppsala, Sweden. (For further discussion of this case, see Mojab and Hassanpour (2002a and 2002b.) Fadime, a student in a Swedish university, was visiting...
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History Via the Unconscious in Miriam Cooke's Hayati, My Life
"One cannot not speak of the scandals of an epoch. One cannot not espouse a cause. One cannot not be summoned by an obligation of fidelity." This is the way Helene Cixous (1989:11) has tried to answer "And history?" in her article "From the Scene of...
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The Representation of Gender in the Ethnographic Discourse on Yemen: A Case of Paradigmatic Fossilazation?
Introduction: The Discursive Context The perception of the Arab world as composed of homosocial societies, characterized by a "corporate orientation" and the prevalence of "familism" (Kandiyoti 1996:12), and the practice of sex segregation, has...
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Women in Turkey Finally Gain Full Equality in the Family: The New Civil Code in Turkey
The new Turkish Civil Code, which scraps the supremacy of men in marriage and thus establishes the full equality of men and women in the family, was approved by the Turkish Parliament on November 22, 2001 and came into effect on January 1, 2002. One...
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Conference Reviews
The Twelfth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, which met at the University of Connecticut at Storrs from June 6-9, 2002, included several panels that focused on Middle Eastern women and featured a keynote address by the historian Joan Wallach...
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Sian MacAdam and Megan Brown Report on WLP's First Roaming Institute for Women's Leadership
Women's Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace (WLP) recently brought together 17 women leaders from Afghanistan/Pakistan, Cameroon, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Palestine, and Uzbekistan for a week-long conference...
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Fall

Afghan Women and Transnational Feminism
It is widely known that the Taleban instituted a harsh and bizarre theocratic dictatorship, with a gender regime that was particularly severe on women (though men also suffered). What is less well known is how and why the Taleban emerged, the role...
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A Message from Our New President
Dear Members: This has been an exciting year for AMEWS, thanks to much hard work on the part of my predecessor Sherifa Zuhur. She organized two conferences, one in Bellagio (Italy) and the other at the University of California at Berkeley, in which...
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AMEWS Annual Meeting Secretary/treasurer's Report San Francisco, California: November, 17, 2001
The AMEWS Annual Program was held during the Middle East Studies Association Meetings. Many friends and members, new and old, attended this year's program. AMEWS is currently growing at a steady pace, attracting scholars who study gender, the Middle...
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"The Art of Iranian American Women: Politics and the Construction of a New Identity"
At the Middle East Studies Association 2001 special session, "The Art of Iranian American Women: Politics and the Construction of a New Identity," Sharon L. Parker, Kendal Kennedy, and Haleh Niazmand examined the complex processes of identity construction...
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WLP's Multi-Regional Meeting on Women's Leadership and Institutional Change
On June 7, 2001 Women's Learning Partnership (WLP) convened a cross-regional, interdisciplinary meeting on women's leadership at the School for Advanced International Studies of John's Hopkins University in Washington, DC. The meetings were co-sponsored...
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"Islamic Feminism": Perils and Promises
As a result of increasing modernization, many Muslim societies, including the Middle East, have witnessed an unprecedented rise in women's literacy rates. In 2000 literacy among the female population aged '15 years or over was estimated at 65% compared...
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