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The I.B. Tauris Handbook to Gendering the Cultural Histories of the Modern Arab World

Hoda Elsadda

In the last 20 years, feminist scholars have radicalised the historiography of the Arab world. Using gendered approaches and gendered theorisations, they have rejected the mainstream histories that prioritise 'official' narratives, and they have highlighted the exclusionary effect of patriarchal systems and discourses. This handbook continues their work by using 'gender' as a mode of analysis to produce a new gendered cultural history of the Arab world. In doing so, it shows a new generation how to study the region using a 'gender lens' and establishes this approach as a field.
The five thematic parts correspond to the specific areas focused on by new cultural historians: histories of practices; histories of representations; narrative sites of memory; histories of material culture; and histories of the body. Each section then provides new knowledge of the Arab world by moving away from the Western colonial gaze and focusing instead on women's everyday experiences and feminist approaches. Subjects covered include: theoretical perspectives, Islamic law, protest movements and Arab popular culture, as well as women's autobiographies, gendered memory, food, public health and sexualities.
Edited by two pioneering feminist scholars, Hoda Elsadda and Seteney Shami, it draws together the most innovative work of other feminist scholars from across history, anthropology, literature, sociology, psychology, theology, economics, political science, law, and translation studies. The chapters demonstrate that in using gender as a category of analysis, the cultural histories of the Arab world can be rewritten to prioritise lived realities and female voices and perspectives.

Book Details

  • Publisher: I. B. Tauris & Company
  • Publish Date: Feb 20th, 2025
  • Pages: 560
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.21in - 6.14in - 1.00in - 1.00lb
  • EAN: 9780755648252
  • Categories: Gender StudiesWorld - Middle Eastern

About the Author

Hoda Elsadda is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Cairo University, Egypt. She previously held a Chair in the Study of the Contemporary Arab World at Manchester University, UK and was Co-Director of the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World in the UK. She is co-founder and currently Chair of the Board of the Women and Memory Forum in Egypt and author of Gender, Nation and the Arabic Novel: Egypt: 1892-2008 (2012). She co-founded Hagar, an interdisciplinary journal in women's studies published in Arabic and was a member of the 50-Committee that drafted the Egyptian Constitution endorsed in a referendum in January 2014.

Seteney Shami is founding Director-General of the Arab Council for the Social Sciences, Lebanon. She has been Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley, Georgetown University, University of Chicago and the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences. She has also been a consultant for UNICEF, ESCWA and the Ford Foundation. Her most recent publication is the co-authored book Seeing the World: How U.S. Universities Make Knowledge in a Global Era (2018).