Gender and Post-Colonial State Building in the Middle East

Gender and Post-Colonial State Building in the Middle East
Summary of Topic Focus on the intersections between anti-colonial nationalism, post-colonial state-building, and the development of new gender norms and gender relations in the modern Middle East, with a particular emphasis on the ways in which women’s bodies became a vital means through which to cultivate the nation and assert national authenticity and sovereignty, as well as class distinction.
Guiding Question How and why were women considered central to the development of nationalist projects in the Middle East?
Recommended Reading Abu-Lughod, L. (1998). Remaking women: Feminism and modernity in the Middle East (Princeton studies in culture/power/history). Princeton: Princeton University Press (Chapter 4: Schooled Mothers and Structured Play: Child Rearing in Turn-of-the-Century Egypt and Chapter 5: The Egyptian Lives of Jeanne d’Arc).
Desirable Reading 1. Baron, B. (2005). Egypt as Woman: Nationalism, Gender, and Politics. Berkeley: University of California Press.
2. Joseph, S. (2000). Civic Myths, Citizenship, and Gender in Lebanon. In S. Joseph (Eds.), Gender and Citizenship in the Middle East, pp. 107-137. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.
3. Peteet, J. (1991). Gender in Crisis: Women and the Palestinian Resistance Movement. New York: Columbia University Press.
4. Joseph, S. (1997). The Public/Private: The Imagined Boundary in the Imagined Nation/State/Community: The Lebanese Case. Feminist Review, (57), 73-92.
5. Baron, B. (2006). Women, honor, and the state: Evidence from Egypt. Middle Eastern Studies, 42(1), 1-20.
6. Hasso, F. (1998). The “Women’s Front”: Nationalism, Feminism, and Modernity in Palestine. Gender and Society, 12(4), 441-465.
7. Botman, S. (1999). Engendering citizenship in Egypt (History and society of the modern Middle East series). New York: Columbia University Press.
8. Badran, M. (1995). Feminists, Islam, and nation: Gender and the making of modern Egypt. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Quiz Discuss the relationship between nationalist projects and the private or domestic sphere. Draw on examples from the assigniqued readings (150 words minimum).

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