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Gulf Women's Writing: On Slavery, Migrant Labor, and Statelessness

On 10 November, Mona Kareem will give a talk at Binghamton University (1:00pm in room LT 1506) on how Gulf women writers adopt—or challenge—nationalist narratives. How, Kareem asks, do women writers deal with racialized minorities, migrants, and stateless individuals? What kinds of feminist positions are taken within ...  Read More »

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NYC Event--Can Palestinian Men Be Victims? Gendering Israel's War on Gaza (3 November 2014)

Join the History of Women and Gender Program, the Middle East and Islamic Studies Department, the Hagop Kevorian Center, and Students for Justice in Palestine on Monday 3 November, 12:30-2:00pm for a discussion with Jadaliyya Co-Editor and Professor Maya Mikdashi about gendered hierarchies of victimhood in ...  Read More »

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تأملات في الجمالية والخطاب والتفاحة

يعزو البعض تأثير البروباغندا باعتبارها تمظهرًا خطابيًا لمفهوم "الجمالية" إلى تخوم القرنين الثامن والتاسع عشر، تلك المرحلة المركبة، إذ كانت الثورة الفرنسية (1789 – 1794) هي التي شكلت ملامحها الرئيسية لما كان للطباعة من أثر رئيس في ذلك التعبير المادي عن فكرة الحرية، أما بالنسبة لإنجلترا فكان ثمة أهمية خاصة ...  Read More »

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Persian Translation of Maya Mikdashi's 'Can Palestinian Men be Victims'

آیا مردان فلسطینی می‌توانند قربانی باشند؟ خوانش جنسیتیِ جنگ اسرائیل علیه غزه هر صبح چشمانمان را بر لیست به‌روز شده‌ی قصابی می‌گشاییم: ١٠٠، ٢٠٠، ٤٠٠، ٦٠٠ فلسطینی کشته شده توسط دستگاه جنگ اسرائیل. این اعداد جزییات ناخوشایند بسیاری را می‌پوشانند؛ اکثریت مردم غزه یعنی یکی از پرجمعیت‌ترین و ...  Read More »

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Can Palestinian Men be Victims? Gendering Israel's War on Gaza

Every morning we wake up to an updated butcher’s bill: one hundred, two hundred, four hundred, six hundred Palestinians killed by Israel’s war apparatus as of this writing. These numbers gloss over many details: the majority of Gazans, one of the most populated and impoverished areas in the world, are refugees ...  Read More »

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الاعتداءات الجنسية والاغتصاب في ميدان التحرير

  الاعتداءات الجنسية والاغتصاب في ميدان التحرير أثناء الاحتفال بحلف يمين الرئيس دليل على عدم كفاية التعديلات القانونية الأخيرة للتصدي لتلك الجرائم وقوع على الأقل 9 حالات اعتداءات جنسية واغتصابات بالآلات الحادة والأصابع الأسبوع الجاري. تابع الموقعون التعديلات القانونية الأخيرة في قانون العقوبات المرتبطة بجرائم ...  Read More »

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السيسي رجلنا

على مدار اليومين المقبلين سينزل بعض المصريين إلى الشوارع في تعبير انتخابي فارغ عن الإرادة الوطنية. سوف "يختارون" بين حاكم مصر الحالي ورئيسها المقبل، المشير السابق عبد الفتاح السيسي، ومنافسه غير المقنع، حمدين صباحي. بعضهم سينزل إلى الشوارع ليصوّت لـ "بشرة خير": السيسي ولا أحد غيره. وفي ظل ...  Read More »

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The Empty Promise of State-Sponsored Feminism in the Arabian Peninsula

States in the Arabian Peninsula have maintained, and in some cases strengthened, their authoritarian structures in the shadow of the recent Arab uprisings. In spite of this, the US government and many of its allies continue to herald a liberalizing shift in places such as Saudi Arabia or Kuwait largely on the basis of ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Kimberly Wedeven Segall, Performing Democracy in Iraq and South Africa

Kimberly Wedeven Segall, Performing Democracy in Iraq and South Africa: Gender, Media, and Resistance. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Kimberly Wedeven Segall (KWS): The origins of this book began twenty years ago, when I lived for a year in northern Iraq, ...  Read More »

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Joint Statement: Verdict Against Mahienour El-Massry Must be Renunciated, The Protest and Public Assembly Law Needs to be Revised

[The following statement was issued by the below signatories on 21 May 2014 and published by Nazra for Feminist Studies.]   Confirmation of the Verdict against Mahienour El-Massry: A New Episode in the Series of Incarcerating Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs)…The Verdict Must be Renunciated and the ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Andrea Khalil, Women, Gender, and the Arab Spring

Andrea Khalil, editor, Women, Gender, and the Arab Spring, special issue of The Journal of North African Studies 19.2 (2014). Forthcoming as a book with Routledge. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this special issue?  Andrea Khalil (AK): During my fieldwork in Tunisia (2011-13) working on a book, I was ...  Read More »

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'My Sleep is My Break': Exploitation of Migrant Domestic Workers in Qatar

[The following report was published by Amnesty International on  22 April 2014] "My Sleep is My Break": Exploitation of Migrant Domestic Workers in Qatar Introduction and Overview "No day-off and no mobile if you don't want to give. It is as you like madam, the same with  working hours, ...  Read More »

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عن علاقة الزيّ بالتحرُّش

يأخذ موضوع الزيّ أو اللبَاس أو السِتر حيزاً كبيراً من خطاباتنا، الثقافية والاجتماعية وبطبيعة الحال، الدينية. وفي مجتمع أبوي ذكري يعتمد البكارية والرجولية والفحولة كمداخل قراءة للعالم، كالمجتمعات العربية عموماً والمجتمع المصري على وجه الخصوص، يُضفي الذكرُ بعداً عَلاقاتياً بين التحرش وأنماط الزيّ، بحيث تنحصر القضية في ...  Read More »

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A Fashionable Revolution: Veiling, Morality, and Consumer Culture in Iran

There has been a flurry of commentary recently that claims something of a “silent revolution” is underway in Iran today. It is supposedly a revolution against — or, at the very least, a flagrant disregard for — government prescriptions for public decency. It is situated on the surfaces of women’s bodies and assumes ...  Read More »

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الحركة النسوية الفلسطينية بعد أوسلو: حصادٌ مرّ في تمكين الذات وفي تحرير الوطن

[ هذا المقال جزء من ”أصوات من أجل غزة" وهو ملف خاص تنشره جدلية على مدار شهر كامل. للإطلاع على بقية المقالات اضغط/ي هنا] مع تراجع دور الحركة الوطنية الفلسطينية بعد اتفاقات أوسلو وضعف كافة أشكال التنظيم التابعة لها أو لأحزابها (جاد 2008)، أدّت عملية أوسلو وخصوصاً آليات التمويل للسلطة الفلسطينية إلى هيمنة خطاب ...  Read More »

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Women's Activism and the Polio Epidemic in Syria

The international press has spent the last few months actively monitoring the Geneva talks aimed at negotiating a political solution to the present conflict in Syria: from speculation to stagnation and ultimately complete disintegration. Meanwhile, and receiving relatively little media attention, a group of some two ...  Read More »

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Reclaiming and Redefining Rights: Status of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the Middle East and North Africa

[The following report was published by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights on 23 February 2014] Reclaiming and Redefining Rights -- ICPD+20: Status of Sexual and Reproductive Rights Executive Summary The year 2014 was meant to be the year that ended the Program of Action adopted by the Cairo Conference for ...  Read More »

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BCHR: Discrimination Against Women in Bahraini Society and Legislation

[The following report was published by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on 10 February 2014]  Discrimination Against Women in Bahraini Society and Legislation Overview of Women's Rights in Bahrain: Initially, one should look at the context of what human rights means. Are government officials in the Arab ...  Read More »

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Sosyal Bilimler ve Kadinlarin Bilme Bicimleri

Sosyal Bilimler ve Kadınların Bilme Biçimleri Sosyal bilim alanında çalışan bir kadın için en zor işlerden biri, erkek egemen bilme biçimleri içinde kendine yer açmak, söylediğinin duyulmasını sağlamaktır. Çünkü erkek egemen, endüstriyel ve kapitalist bir kültür içinde yeşermiş olan sosyal bilimlerin, bilmek ile ...  Read More »

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We the Women Are in Taksim in Istanbul on the 8th of March!

[The following statement was released by the Istanbul Feminist Collective on 4 March 2014. It has been edited slightly for stylistic purposes.] We are, as the women who live in Turkey, raising our voices on the streets for eleven years, calling out against patriarchy, against men's violence, sexism, heterosexism, ...  Read More »

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عن السيد الجديد والمرأة المصرية

  عن السيد الجديد والمرأة المصرية السيسي يمتطي حصاناً أبيض ويرتدي زياً نصفه عسكري ونصفه مدني، ويحمل أمامه امرأة هي مصر، تضع قناعا فرعونياً وترتدي فستان الزفاف الأبيض. وفي الخلفية، الأهرامات الثلاثة، يحمل الأول صورة عبد الناصر والثاني صورة السادات والثالث صورة السيسي، بينما يختفي مبارك من تاريخ الأمجاد ...  Read More »

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Call for Papers: Special Issue of e-cadernos entitled "Reflections on Palestinian Women and Cinema"

Call for Papers “Reflections on Palestinian Women and Cinema” Editors: Shahd Wadi and Júlia Garraio The deadline for submission is March 31, 2014 In 2011 we organized a cinema and debate-cycle entitled ‘Palestinian Women and Cinema’ in Lisbon and Coimbra, Portugal. This initiative made us realize the extent to ...  Read More »

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Moral Panics, Sex Panics and the Production of A Lebanese Nation

In the past few months sex panics and moral panics, centered on gendered bodies and abuses, have rocked Lebanon.  In this article I want to revisit three of these panics: photos of a semi-nude Lebanese Olympic Skier’s body and reactions to it; the impunity of wife murderers and wife abusers; and the razing of a ...  Read More »

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تأملات في الجسد

لأجسادنا وجهان/جلدان، وجه/جلد على العالم الخارجي، في الـ"هناك" البعيد القريب، حيث يتماس "الآخر" مع سطحه، فنعرف به ذواتنا وحدوده، ووجه/جلد على ذواتنا يطل في الـ"هنا"، هو الوجه القريب للمسافة البعيدة التي تهجس فيها أرواحنا بما يضج فيها وبها، هي المسافة الرمزية للأنا، فهيها –مثلًا- يرتع ...  Read More »

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In Iran, Global Social Action to End Violence Against Women Takes on Local Forms

Iranians have joined the One Billion Rising global campaign to end violence against women. The global campaign, now in its second year, calls on supporters in different countries to gather publicly on 14 February 2014, and collectively dance for justice for women. Since strict prohibitions in Iran on public assemblies ...  Read More »

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NYC Event: Reflections on the Academic Study of Women and Islam (NYU, 31 Jan 2014)

Reflections on the Academic Study of Women and Islam: A Panel Discussion with Professors Lila Abu-Lughod and Suad Joseph Friday, 31 January 2014 5:30pm-7:30pm King Juan Carlos Auditorium 53 Washington Square South New York University The Hagop Kevorika Center for Near East Studes invites you to attend a ...  Read More »

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استباحة النساء في المجال العام 2

[اضغط/ي هنا للجزء الأول من المقال] الجزء الثاني: الحراك و المقاومة: حركة مقاومة العنف الجنسي ما قبل الثورة وما بعدها مقاومة العنف الجنسي قبل الخامس والعشرين من يناير 2011: اقتصرت مقاومة العنف الجنسي في السنين التي سبقت ثورة يناير على صعيدين رئيسيين، أولهما هو عمل المنظمات الحقوقية والثاني هو النضالات اليومية ...  Read More »

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استباحة النساء في المجال العام 1

استباحة النساء في المجال العام: مدخل نقدي لفهم أسباب الظاهرة وآليات المقاومة (الجزء الأول) مقدمة  لا يحتاج الحديث عن العنف الجنسي في مصر إلى مقدمات طويلة، فالظاهرة أصبحت واقعاً يومياً لكافة النساء المصريات. ذلك أنّ أية امرأة في مصر باتت عرضه لمستويات مختلفة من الانتهاك الذي يبدأ بالتهديد أو الملاحقة أو التحرش ...  Read More »

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The Promise of the Wall: Reflections on Desire and Gated Communities in Cairo

“Gated communities,” which started to emerge in the US in the 1980s, have quickly spread around the world and became “a global commodity and cultural icon eagerly consumed by urban elites world-wide” (Genis 2007: 771). Since the mid 1990s, dozens of these communities have spread around Cairo. Most of these ...  Read More »

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The Delusions of Representing Male Homosexuality in Beirut

Journalistic and popular accounts have often extolled Beirut as a haven for gay men. These accounts of male homosexuality in Beirut–like this NYT article, this NPR recording, as well as these articles in The Guardian and the Huffington Post–produce a particularly problematic model of queer[1] life in the city. This ...  Read More »

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Egypt Elections Watch Update

A Jadaliyya and Ahram Online Initiative

As part of the Egypt Elections Watch (EEW), Jadaliyya and Ahram Online, with the Center of Contemporary Arab Studies (Georgetown University) and the Middle East Studies Program (George Mason University) as co-sponsors, will produce articles/posts/profiles on a weekly basis, covering organizations, political parties, coalitions, relevant laws and procedures, and profiles of key individuals related to the Egyptian elections. This is in addition to news updates summarizing major developments surrounding the lead-up to the election, such as emerging or shifting alliances, new political positions, and candidacy announcements. If you have questions, comments, contributions, and/or an eye-witness account, please email us at: For a listing of EEW’s team members please click here.


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Population   82,079,636
GDP  $497.8 billion
Unemployment   9%; Youth Unemployment (ages 15-24): 24.8%
Internet Users   20.136 million (2009)
Exchange Rate  5.6124 Egyptian pounds per US dollar
GDP Growth Rate  5.1%
Military Expenditures   3.4% of GDP (World Rank: 35)
Health Expenditures  6.4% of GDP (World Rank: 94)
Population Growth Rate  1.96%
Age Structure   0-14 years: 32.7%; 15-64 years: 62.8%; 65 years and over: 4.5%
Literacy   71.4%
Religious Demographics   Muslim (mostly Sunni) 90%; Coptic 9%; other Christian 1%

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