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Neil Singh and Sawsan Abdulrahim


Salma Hayek and the Sexist Lebanese Citizenship Law

[Lebanese passport prior to 2006. Image by Stratforder via Wikipedia]

Last month, Salma Hayek visited Lebanon to promote the world premiere of The Prophet, the new animated film based on the poetry of Khalil Gibran. It was her first ever visit to the country.  The Lebanese greeted her with open arms as a long-lost daughter. The visit culminated with the rumor that Hayek had been offered Lebanese citizenship. The gesture is not surprising in and of itself. Lebanese citizenship is transmitted through paternal blood and Hayek’s paternal ...

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Neil Singh and Sawsan Abdulrahim


Neil Singh is a medical doctor from the UK completing a Masters in Public Health at the American University of Beirut. His research interests include the impact of discrimination, war and imperialism on health and health systems, and critical approaches to the human sciences and medicine.

Sawsan Abdulrahim is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut.  Abdulrahim's research focuses on social inequalities and health, the social and cultural meanings of subjective health evaluations, and the structural conditions that influence the well-being of immigrants and refugees.  She conducted research on racial identity formation among Arab immigrants in the United States and is currently fielding a study funded by the International Labor Organization on migrant female workers in Lebanon.  She teaches courses in health promotion theory, forced migration and health, and global public health.