Event sponsored by Cambridge University Press &

 the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Rutgers University-Newark


Women and Gender in Iraq: Between Nation-Building and Fragmentation

Cambridge University Press, 2018 by Zahra Ali

 Friday October 26 at 7pm

Bluestockings bookstore

172 Allen St, New York City

NY 10002


 Chair:Melissa Valle, Rutgers University

The author Zahra Ali will present her book with guest speakers:

Lila Abu-Lughod, Columbia University

Maya Mikdashi, Rutgers University

Heather Raffo, Actor and Playwright

 Since the US-ledinvasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003, the challenges of sectarianism and militarism have weighed heavily on Iraqi women. In this book, Zahra Ali foregrounds a wide-range of interviews with a variety of women involved in women’s rights activism, showing how everyday life, political and intellectual lives have development since the US-led invasion. In addition to this, Ali offers detailed historical research of social, economic and political contexts since the formation of the Iraqi state in the 1920s.

Through a transnational and postcolonial feminist approach, this book also considers the ways in which gender norms and practices, Iraqi feminist discourses, and activisms are shaped and developed through state politics, competing nationalisms, religious, tribal and sectarian dynamics, wars, and economic sanctions. The result is a vivid account of the everyday life in today’s Iraq and an exceptional analysis of the future of Iraqi feminisms.

Zahra Ali is a sociologist and Assistant Professor at Rutgers University-Newark. Her research explores the dynamics of women and gender, social and political movements in relation to Islam(s), the Middle East, and contexts of war and conflict with a focus on contemporary Iraq.

Books will be available for purchase and refreshments will be served.

Bluestockings link to the event: http://bluestockings.com/event/book-launch-women-and-gender-in-iraq-between-nation-building-and-fragmentation/?instance_id=193245

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