Women and Gender in the Middle East and North Africa





A woman holding a wounded relative during protests in Sanaa, Yemen, on October 15, 2011. (World Press Photo of the Year 2011, taken by Samuel Aranda for The New York Times via Reuters)
Provides an overview of key issues and themes in the study of women and gender relations in the Middle East and North Africa. Includes readings from a variety of disciplines, e.g., history, anthropology, sociology, literature, religious studies, and media studies. Addresses themes such as the relationship between the concepts of nation and gender; women's citizenship; Middle Eastern women's activism and the involvement of their Western "sisters" to this movement; gendered interpretations of the Qur'an and the example of the Prophet Muhammad; and the three H's of Orientalism (hijab, harem, and hamam).