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Arab and Arab American Feminisms
Gender, Violence, and Belonging
Edited by Rabab Abdulhadi, Evelyn Alsultany, and Nadine Naber
Winner of the 2012 Arab American Book Award
"Throughout, the interconnectedness of homeland and diaspora is
brought to the forefront as an inextricable part of the political context
that shapes the authors’ identities."—Women’s Studies Quarterly
"The volume’s thirty-two intensely personal and rigorous essays on
media, forced migration, social justice organizing, pedagogy, and art
praxis challenge racism, imperialism, heteropatriarchy, and gendered
"The selections are multivocal and stretch generic boundaries between
‘theory’ and ‘creativity,’ rendering poetic and narrative works as inherently
theoretical and political and recognizing the artistry and affectivity
of academic work."—Social Justice
"A dynamic and multifaceted as well as intimate narrative of the ‘pattern
of rising xenophobia against Arabs and Muslims in the post–September
11, 2001, United States.’ Highly recommended."—Choice
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. She is the coauthor of Mobilizing Democracy:
Changing U.S. Policy in the Middle East.
Evelyn Alsultany is assistant professor in the Program in American Culture at the University of Michigan.
Her articles have appeared in American Quarterly, Race and Arab
Americans Before and After 9/11, and The Arab Diaspora.
Nadine Naber is assistant professor in the Department of Women’s Studies and
the Program in American Culture at the University of Michigan. Her
articles have appeared in the Journal of Feminist Studies, Journal of Ethnic
Studies, and Journal of Cultural Dynamics. She is a coeditor of Race and
Arab Americans Before and After 9/11, published by Syracuse University
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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. Contributors hail from multiple geographical 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
between 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 belonging
when the country in which they live wages wars in the lands of their
ancestors. Arab and Arab American Feminisms opens up new possibilities
for placing grounded Arab and Arab American feminist perspectives
at the center of gender studies, Middle East studies, American studies,
and ethnic studies.
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6 x 9, 432 pages, notes, bibliography, index