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Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (2016) 12 (2): 181–202.
Published: 01 July 2016
... being a rather conservative working-class neighborhood. By choosing these neighborhoods, I wish to illustrate the similarities and differences in intimate encounters and concerns in the city and point out that processes like the commercialization and professionalization of beauty work affect both...
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Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (2015) 11 (2): 139–160.
Published: 01 July 2015
...Saba Abbas Abstract This article provides insight into the fashionable veiling trend in Amman, Jordan. Drawing on interviews I conducted in 2011 and 2012, I argue that the women in this study understand veiling to be a means for enhancing, rather than containing, the beauty of the body. Through my...
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Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (2012) 8 (1): 37–62.
Published: 01 March 2012
... commission efforts to document a Casablanca working class district—simultaneously as a site targeted for communal reparations, as an urban and historical space of dissidence, and as the location of Morocco’s infamous space of incarceration and human rights abuses. Susan Slyomovics is Professor of...
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Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (2012) 8 (2): 51–77.
Published: 01 July 2012
... modern law and society as both a promise of lifelong companionship and a private institution that threatens to close a woman off from her other relationships, especially those with her female friends, and thereby from her means of engaging in the ethical work of developing a pious self. It also reads...
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Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (2018) 14 (2): 174–192.
Published: 01 July 2018
...Shaherzad R. Ahmadi Abstract During the Pahlavi period in Iran (1925–79), poor and working-class families were more likely to expect young sons to work to support the household. These boys, in turn, were more autonomous. Middle-class families, on the other hand, protected and controlled boys...
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Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (2020) 16 (1): 19–40.
Published: 01 March 2020
..., capitalism, and gender. In particular, the focus on the intimate in Zaat reveals how political projects are depicted in the domestic sphere through the lens of women’s work. The article explores two themes: one, the increasing financial pressure and its effects on constructs of masculinity and femininity...
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Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (2014) 10 (2): 135–151.
Published: 01 July 2014
... women entrepreneurs in starting their own businesses, focusing on the Al-Dhahira region of Oman. Data were collected through a structured survey questionnaire. The study identified the major characteristics of women entrepreneurs that inspired them to start their businesses. An urge to balance the work...
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Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (2013) 9 (3): 108–135.
Published: 01 November 2013
... social groupings is scarcely questioned in these works, which focus mainly on the interpretation of practices as political or subversive. In this article, I emphasize the collective and public aspect of transgressions in order to show how transgressive acts participate in shaping collective...
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Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (2015) 11 (2): 199–215.
Published: 01 July 2015
...Noha F. Abdelmotagally Abstract The 1985 autobiography of the Palestinian poet Fadwa Tuqan (1917–2003), Rihla Jabaliyya, Rihla Saʿba: Sira Dhatiyya , translated into English as A Mountainous Journey: A Poet’s Autobiography (1990), has been studied in diverse critical works. Unlike most scholars, I...
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Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (2019) 15 (3): 286–306.
Published: 01 November 2019
..., despite representing an important contribution to Algerian literature and women’s life writing. Rather than accepting the “first” novel as an objective category, this article shows how the accolade has obscured works like Wanisi’s from Algerian literary history, reinforced gender and genre binaries, and...
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Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (2016) 12 (1): 31–49.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Sanna Dhahir Abstract Saudi fiction written by women reflects the rapid changes witnessed by Saudi Arabia as a result of oil wealth and globalization. Increased education and work opportunities, exposure to the outside world, and a better awareness of the cultural and political dynamics at work in...
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Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (2021) 17 (2): 220–239.
Published: 01 July 2021
..., these transnational feminist works raise questions of authenticity and legitimacy. However, these authors emerge as activists from their position abroad, pushing back against the limits placed by the state on women’s bodies; in posing these challenges, they contribute to dissent from the mainstream...
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Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (2020) 16 (2): 103–123.
Published: 01 July 2020
...Alborz Ghandehari Abstract This article argues that Mahmoud Dowlatabadi’s Missing Soluch and Parinoush Saniee’s My Share are landmark works of feminist historical writing in Iran that disrupt official narratives in the country regarding the revolutionary project. Despite the different positions...
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Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (2011) 7 (2): 56–88.
Published: 01 July 2011
...Smadar Lavie This paper analyzes the failure of Israel’s Ashkenazi (Jewish, of European, Yiddish-speaking origin) feminist peace movement to work within the context of Middle East demographics, cultures, and histories and, alternately, the inabilities of the Mizrahi (Oriental) feminist movement to...
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Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (2011) 7 (1): 39–69.
Published: 01 March 2011
... suicide. Based on Mahtab’s story and my ethnographic work with some of the surviving former women inmates, this paper engages with Sigmund Freud’s notions of survival, mourning, and melancholia in light of their intertwined relationship to the re-formation of the subject. I argue for the centrality of...
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Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (2017) 13 (1): 87–106.
Published: 01 March 2017
...Valerie Anishchenkova Abstract The generation of Egyptian writers and other culture makers whose creative work started to come out during the transformative 1990s produced new distinct discourses on identity, including those related to gender. This article closely examines Miral al-Tahawy’s novel...
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Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (2021) 17 (1): 22–42.
Published: 01 March 2021
.... Instead, it is a reflection of something that women can complete as they wish. They are welcome to celebrate their body wearing the beautiful dresses symbolizing their glorious femininity. Three series of works have been discussed in this article: the dark-gloomy images, the bodiless series, and the...
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Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (2012) 8 (3): 41–62.
Published: 01 November 2012
... Issue 10 of Bint el Nas demonstrates the senti- ment of pride, hope, and longing: 56  mn  Journal of Middle East women’s studies  8:3 …And I am filled with a fierce pride in us. We are so fucking beautiful. There are so many forces working against us seeing our own beauty...
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Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (2015) 11 (1): 63–79.
Published: 01 March 2015
...Maral Tatios Yessayan Abstract This article investigates issues of modesty, sexuality, and womanhood in a community of young Jordanian women working in folkloric dance companies in twenty-first-century Amman. Using feminist performance ethnography, it contrasts the gendered codes in play in the...
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Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (2021) 17 (2): 157–176.
Published: 01 July 2021
... time, namely, the palimpsestic mode of writing. Finally, the reading suggested in this article is linked to another underrated work, the mythical tale of Arachne. Reworking Nancy K. Miller’s theory of “Arachnologies” into the context of Armenian women’s literature, the analysis of Arachne’s tale is the...