Palestinian Women's Activism: Nationalism, Secularism, Islamism

Palestinian Women's Activism: Nationalism, Secularism, Islamism
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Published Date: December 2018
ISBN-13: 978-0815636144

Jad traces the transformation of the Palestinian women’s movement from the 1930s to the post-Oslo period and through the Second Intifada to examine the often-fraught relationship between women and nationalism in Palestine.

Offering one of the first intensive studies of Islamist women’s activism, Jad also explores the impact of emerging feminist NGOs in depoliticising the secular Palestinian women’s movement. Studying these two developments together illuminates the nature of women’s engagement in the Palestinian space, challenging myths of gender roles’ “immutability” under Islam and the supposed “modernising” benefits of Western-style activism.

Shortlisted for the Palestine Book Awards 2019.

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Reviewed by: Muhammad Hussein

When discussing the Palestinian cause from the Nakba to the Great March of Return, many things spring to mind: the phenomenon of Zionism and its gradual takeover of Palestine; the rise of “Islamism”; the splitting of Palestinian national identity along factional lines; and even the possibility of a fourth intifada. Indeed one can find many...

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