Two recent books on Palestinian women’s activism may appear on the surface to overlap significantly. However, these two works complement each other both chronologically and in terms of the arenas of activism they cover. In this respect, together they offer a comprehensive landscape of the history and current realities of women’s activism in Palestine, while raising questions and suggesting future research directions for scholarship on this subject. Furthermore, even though the Palestinian case is unique given its context of settler-colonial occupation, the two books may have insight to offer scholars of women’s activism elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa. As many countries in the region experience heightened violence, fragmentation, authoritarian political repression, and Islamist mobilization, lessons and analytic frames developed in the Palestinian context may carry increasingly relevant comparative utility. The challenges, contradictions, tensions, failures, and...
New Publications on Women’s Activism in Palestine
LIHI BEN SHITRIT is assistant professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia. She is author of Righteous Transgressions: Women’s Activism on the Israeli and Palestinian Religious Right (2015) and a forthcoming book tentatively titled Women and the Holy City: The Struggle over Jerusalem’s Sacred Space. Contact: LBEN@uga.edu.
Lihi Ben Shitrit; New Publications on Women’s Activism in Palestine. Journal of Middle East Women's Studies 1 July 2020; 16 (2): 193–201. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15525864-8238188
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