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Middle Eastern Studies Program Presents

Monday, November 6, 2017
Feminisms in Post-Invasion Iraq: Between Militarization, NGOization and the Struggle for a Civil State
Olin, Room 202
6:00 pm
Zahra Ali
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Rutgers University
This talk will explore Iraqi women’s social, political activism and feminisms relying on an in-depth ethnography of post-2003 women’s rights organizations and a detailed historical study of women’s social, economic and political experiences since the 1960s. Through a transnational/postcolonial feminist approach Ali will look particularly at the context following the US-led invasion and occupation and analyse the realities of Iraqi women’s lives, political activism and feminisms especially the challenges posed by sectarianism, militarism and “global” interferences.

Zahra Ali is a sociologist whose research explores dynamics of women and gender, social and political movements in relation to Islam(s) and the Middle East and to contexts of war and conflicts with a focus on contemporary Iraq. She is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Rutgers university. Her book “Women and Gender in Iraq: between Nation-building and Fragmentation” is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press (2018). She also edited Féminismes Islamiques, the first collection on Muslim feminist scholarship published in France (La Fabrique editions, 2012), and translated and published in German (Passagen Verlag, 2014).


This event is co-sponsored by Human Rights Project, the Sociology Program, and Gender and Sexuality Studies

For more information, call 845-758-6822.

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Olin, Room 202