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Arab & Arab American Feminisms

Gender, Violence, & Belonging

Rabab Abdulhadi (Editor), Evelyn Asultany (Editor), Nadine Naber (Editor)

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Description

In this collection, Arab and Arab American feminists enlist their intimate experiences to challenge simplistic and long-held assumptions about gender, sexuality, and commitments to feminism and justice-centered struggles among Arab communities. Contributors hail from multiple geo-graphical sites, spiritualities, occupations, sexualities, class backgrounds, and generations. Poets, creative writers, artists, scholars, and activists employ a mix of genres to express feminist issues and highlight how Arab and Arab American feminist perspectives simultaneously inhabit multiple, overlapping, and intersecting spaces: within families and communities; in anticolonial and antiracist struggles; in debates over spirituality and the divine; within radical, feminist, and queer spaces; in academia and on the street; and among each other.

Contributors explore themes as diverse as the intersections between gender, sexuality, Orientalism, racism, Islamophobia, and Zionism, and the restoration of Arab Jews to Arab American histories. This book asks how members of diasporic communities navigate their sense of belong-ing when the country in which they live wages wars in the lands of their ancestors. Arab and Arab American Feminisms opens up new possibili-ties for placing grounded Arab and Arab American feminist perspectives at the center of gender studies, Middle East studies, American studies, and ethnic studies.

Syracuse University Press, 9780815632238, 389pp.

Publication Date: March 28, 2011



About the Author

Rabab Abdulhadi is associate professor of ethnic studies and senior scholar of the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative at San Francisco State University. Evelyn Alsultany is assistant professor in the Program in American Culture at the University of Michigan. Nadine Naber is assistant professor in the Department of Women's Studies and the Program in American Culture at the University of Michigan.