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Palestinian Women’s Activism
Nationalism, Secularism, Islamism

Islah Jad

Hardcover $60.00L    |    978-0-8156-3608-3    |    2018

Paper $29.95s    |    978-0-8156-3614-4    |    2018

ebook 978-0-8156-5459-9

Examines Palestinian women’s activism from the Oslo Agreement through the Second Intifada.

"An innovative contribution to two sets of literature that have, until now, not been discussed together: first, women and nationalist movements; and, second, women and Islamist movements."—Nicola Pratt, coeditor of Women and War in the Middle East

Jad traces the transformation of the Palestinian women’s movement from the 1930s to the post-Oslo period and through the Second Intifada to examine the often-fraught relationship between women and nationalism in Palestine. Offering one of the first intensive studies of Islamist women’s activism, Jad also explores the impact of emerging feminist NGOs in depoliticizing the secular Palestinian women’s movement. Studying these two developments together illuminates the nature of women’s engagement in the Palestinian space, challenging myths of gender roles’ "immutability" under Islam and the supposed “modernizing” benefits of Western-style activism.

  Palestinian Womens Activism

  Islah Jad is associate professor in the Cultural Studies Department and the Institute for Women’s Studies at Birzeit University in Palestine.

View other series books on Gender, Culture, and Politics in the Middle East.

6 x 9, 256 pages, 5 black-and-white illustrations, 4 maps, 1 table, appendixes, glossary, notes, bibliography, index

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