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In this collection, Arab and Arab American feminists enlist their intimate experiences to challenge simplistic and long-held assumptions about gender, sexuality, and commitments to feminism and justice-centered struggles. Contributors hail from multiple geographical sites, spiritualities, occupations, sexualities, class backgrounds, and generations. Poets, creative writers, artists, scholars, and activists employ a mix of genres to express feminist issues and highlight how Arab and Arab American feminist perspectives simultaneously inhabit multiple, overlapping, and intersecting spaces: within families and communities; in anticolonial and antiracist struggles; in debates over spirituality and the divine; within radical, feminist, and queer spaces; in academia and on the street; and between each other. Contributors explore themes as diverse as the intersections between gender, sexuality, Orientalism, racism, Islamophobia, and Zionism, and the restoration of Arab Jews to Arab American histories. This book asks how members of diasporic communities navigate their sense of belonging when the country in which they live wages wars in the lands of their ancestors. Arab and Arab American Feminisms opens up new possibilities for placing grounded Arab and Arab American feminist perspectives at the center of gender studies, Middle East studies, American studies, and ethnic studies.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. xiii-xviii
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  1. Arab and Arab American Feminisms: An Introduction
  2. pp. xix-xxxix
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  1. Part 1. Living with/in Empire: Grounded Subjectivities
  2. p. 1
  1. 1. Beyond Words
  2. pp. 3-9
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  1. 2. The Political and Cultural Representations of Arabs, Arab Americans, and Arab American Feminisms after September 11, 2001
  2. pp. 10-28
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  1. 3. Palestinian Women’s Disappearing Act: The Suicide Bomber Through Western Feminist Eyes
  2. pp. 29-45
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  1. 4. Arab Jews, Diasporas, and Multicultural Feminism: An Interview with Ella Shohat
  2. pp. 46-59
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  1. 5. In the Belly of the Beast: Struggling for Nonviolent Belonging
  2. pp. 60-77
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  1. 6. Decolonizing Culture: Beyond Orientalist and Anti-Orientalist Feminisms
  2. pp. 78-90
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  1. 7. Inanna
  2. pp. 91-92
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  1. Part 2. Defying Categories: Thinking and Living Out of the Box
  2. p. 93
  1. 8. Between the Lines
  2. pp. 95-96
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  1. 9. Quandaries of Representation
  2. pp. 97-103
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  1. 10. Dyke March, San Francisco, 2004: Many Are Intrigued by the Fact That I Am Also a Belly Dancer
  2. pp. 104-110
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  1. 11. The Pity Committee and the Careful Reader: How Not to Buy Stereotypes about Muslim Women
  2. pp. 111-123
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  1. 12. History’s Traces: Personal Narrative, Diaspora, and the Arab Jewish Experience
  2. pp. 124-137
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  1. Part 3. Activist Communities: Representation, Resistance, and Power
  2. p. 139
  1. 13. The Burden of Representation: When Palestinians Speak Out
  2. pp. 141-158
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  1. 14. Taking Power and Making Power: Resistance, Global Politics, and Institution Building: An Interview with Anan Ameri
  2. pp. 159-165
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  1. 15. Inside Out: Youth of Color Organizing from Multiple Sites: An Interview with Janaan Attia
  2. pp. 166-173
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  1. 16. Arabiya Made Invisible: Between Marginalization of Agency and Silencing of Dissent
  2. pp. 174-183
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  1. 17. On Rachel Corrie, Palestine, and Feminist Solidarity
  2. pp. 184-202
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  1. 18. Just Peace Seder
  2. pp. 203-212
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  1. 19. Dissidents, Displacements, and Diasporas: An Interview with Dena Al-Adeeb
  2. pp. 213-224
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  1. Part 4. On Our Own Terms: Discourses, Politics, and Feminisms
  2. p. 225
  1. 20. Arab American Feminisms: Mobilizing the Politics of Invisibility
  2. pp. 227-241
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  1. 21. Class Equality, Gender Justice, and Living in Harmony with Mother Earth: An Interview with Joe Kadi
  2. pp. 242-247
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  1. 22. Personal and Political: The Dynamics of Arab American Feminism
  2. pp. 248-260
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  1. 23. Teaching Scriptural Texts in the Classroom: The Question of Gender
  2. pp. 261-269
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  1. 24. The Light in My House
  2. pp. 270-273
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  1. 25. Guidelines
  2. pp. 274-275
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  1. 26. Reflections of a Genderqueer Palestinian American Lesbian Mother
  2. pp. 276-279
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  1. Part 5. Home and Homelands: Memories, Exile, and Belonging
  2. p. 281
  1. 27. The Memory of Your Hands Is a Rainbow
  2. pp. 283-287
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  1. 28. You Are a 14-Year-Old Arab Chick Who Just Moved to Texas
  2. pp. 288-291
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  1. 29. The Long Road Home
  2. pp. 292-301
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  1. 30. The Legacy of Exile: An Excerpt
  2. pp. 302-306
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  1. 31. Stealth Muslim
  2. pp. 307-314
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  1. 32. Where Is Home? Fragmented Lives, Borders Crossings, and the Politics of Exile
  2. pp. 315-328
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 331-359
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780815651239
Related ISBN
9780815632238
MARC Record
OCLC
747822087
Pages
408
Launched on MUSE
2012-02-08
Language
English
Open Access
No
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