This panel at the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women represents a milestone—not only for the many histories of Libya but also for those of North Africa, the Middle East, and Europe and for the study of women, gender, and empire globally and comparatively. The panel demonstrated that modern Libya constitutes a zone where five empires clashed from the early twentieth century on—Ottoman, Italian, British, French, and their successors the petroleum conglomerates—and that both the Great Desert and the Mediterranean were places where empires were constructed, defeated, dismantled, and reborn. It included seven papers, covering two centuries and ranging across desert, sea, port cities, oases, and oil towns, about religion, music, education, and many kinds of violence, all of them highly but differentially gendered and mutable because subject to local as well as transregional historical forces and...
Gendering the History of Libya: Transnational and Feminist Approaches
JULIA CLANCY-SMITH is professor of history at the University of Arizona; her work focuses on modern North Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean world. She is author of Rebel and Saint: Muslim Notables, Populist Protest, Colonial Encounters (1994) and Mediterraneans: North Africa and Europe in an Age of Migration, c. 1800–1900 (2011) and is editor or coeditor of numerous volumes and journal special issues, including Walls of Algiers: Narratives of the City through Text and Image (2009) and “Fathers and Daughters in Islam” in the Journal of Persianate Studies. She coauthored the textbook The Middle East and North Africa: A History in Documents (2013), one of the few texts to systematically incorporate women and gender into the narrative. Contact: email@example.com.
Julia Clancy-Smith; Gendering the History of Libya: Transnational and Feminist Approaches. Journal of Middle East Women's Studies 1 March 2015; 11 (1): 98–103. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15525864-2832358
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