Two books have come out in the last three years that explore revolutions and resistance from gendered perspectives in North Africa and West Asia. Both Bad Girls of the Arab World, edited by Nadia Yaqub and Rula Quawas (2017), and Freedom without Permission, edited by Frances S. Hasso and Zakia Salime, are collections of essays that engage with the transgressions, resistance, and revolutions of women across the region. The two collections complement each other well: together they cover more than twenty “case studies” in fourteen countries in North Africa and West Asia. Reading them together is a practice in shifting between looking at women’s microresistance and women’s participation in collective organizing. Where one book focuses more on individual stories of gendered subversion of social norms and its consequences, the other tackles collective revolutionary enactments and their possibilities. In both, women face silencing, marginalization, and violence, yet...
Gendered Badness and Revolutionary Enactments: Women’s Resistance in North Africa and West Asia
DEEMA KAEDBEY is cofounder of the Beirut feminist organization the Knowledge Workshop and manager of its oral history project, the Storytellers Project. She is also coeditor of the feminist webspace Sawt al Niswa. She earned her PhD in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies from Ohio State University in 2014. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deema Kaedbey; Gendered Badness and Revolutionary Enactments: Women’s Resistance in North Africa and West Asia. Journal of Middle East Women's Studies 1 November 2019; 15 (3): 367–372. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15525864-7720697
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