Paper $28.95 ISBN: 9781783602827 Published May 2015 For sale in North and South America only
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Rethinking Gender in Revolutions and Resistance

Lessons from the Arab World

Edited by Maha El Said, Lena Meari, and Nicola Pratt

Rethinking Gender in Revolutions and Resistance

Edited by Maha El Said, Lena Meari, and Nicola Pratt

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272 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2015
Paper $28.95 ISBN: 9781783602827 Published May 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783602834 Published June 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Ever since the wave of uprisings that swept the Arab world in 2010, Arab women and their role in political transformations have received unprecedented media attention. The copious scrutiny and commentary, however, has yet to result in any serious study of fluctuating gender roles in the Middle East. Rethinking Gender in Revolutions and Resistance is the first book to analyze the shifts in gender roles, relations, and norms that have occurred since the Arab Spring. With chapters written by scholars and activists from the countries affected, including Palestine, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Syria, this is an important addition to Middle Eastern gender studies.
Contents
Acknowledgements

Introduction

Rethinking Gender in Revolutions and Resistance in the Arab World
Maha El Said, Lena Meari and Nicola Pratt

PART 1 The Malleability of Gender and Sexuality in Revolutions and Resistance

1. Reconstructing Gender in Post-revolutionary Egypt
Shereen Abouelnaga

2. Re-signifying ‘Sexual’ Colonial Power Techniques: The Experiences of Palestinian Women Political Prisoners
Lena Meari

3. A Strategic Use of Culture: Egyptian Women’s Subversion and Resignification of Gender Norms
Hala G. Sami

PART 2 The Body and Resistance

4. She Resists: Body Politics Between Radical and Subaltern
Maha El-Said

5. Framing the Female Body: Beyond Morality and Pathology?
Abeer Al-Najjar and Anoud Abusalim

6. Women’s Bodies in Post-Revolution Libya: Control and Resistance
Sahar Mediha Elnaas and Nicola Pratt

PART 3 Gender and the Construction of the Secular/Islamist Binary

7. Islamic Feminism and the Equivocation of Political Engagement: ‘Fair is Foul, and Foul is Fair’
Omaima Abou-Bakr

8. Islamic and Secular Women’s Activism and Discourses in Post-uprising Tunisia
Aitemad Muhanna

Conclusion: Towards New Epistemologies and Ontologies of Gender and Socio-Political Transformation in the Arab World
Maha El Said, Lena Meari and Nicola Pratt

About the Contributors
Index
Review Quotes
Cynthia Enloe, author of Seriously! Investigating Crashes and Crises as if Women Mattered
“Every contributor here has insights to offer. I found myself re-thinking again and again what women activists created in the wake of their historic acts of political resistance. What a valuable book!”
Suad Joseph, University of California, Davis
“Boldly challenging Orientalist and liberalist analyses of the Arab world, El Said, Meari, and Pratt assemble a set of brilliant interventions.”
Nadje Al-Ali, SOAS University of London
“This timely and exciting volume leaves no doubt that a gendered lens is key to understanding socio-political transformations in the Middle East.”
Mervat F. Hatem, Howard University
“If you are interested in Palestinian resistance of Israeli sexual interrogation techniques and/or the post-revolutionary politics of Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia and how they have placed the body and sexuality at center stage, this book offers fresh discussions of new approaches, debates and constructions that will help you appreciate the study of old and new forms of power and their complex relations. As its title suggests, this book is a must read for anyone interested in rethinking gender in revolution and resistance.”


Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Syracuse University, and author of Feminism Without Borders
“Complicating our understanding of the gendered genealogies and contours of resistance in the Arab world, Rethinking Gender in Revolutions and Resistance challenges dominant periodizations of revolutions in the region, mapping a new and persuasive historiography of deeply feminist concerns. An important and original contribution to transnational, postcolonial feminist scholarship.”
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