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Nadje Al-Ali and Nicola Pratt
Nadje Al-Ali and Nicola Pratt, "Between Nationalism and Women's Rights: The Kurdish Women's Movement in Iraq," Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication 4.3 (2011): 337-353. Jadaliyya: What made you write this article? Nadje Al-Ali and Nicola Pratt: This article is part of a special issue of the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication on contemporary Iraq, which seeks to go beyond the mainstream focus on security issues, elite politics, and oil to ...Keep Reading »
Nadje Al-Ali is Professor of Gender Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Her main research interests revolve around gender theory; feminist activism; women and gender in the Middle East; transnational migration and diaspora moblization; war, conflict, and reconstruction. Her publications include What Kind of Liberation? Women and the Occupation of Iraq (2009, University of California Press, co-authored with Nicola Pratt); Iraqi Women: Untold Stories from 1948 to the Present (2007, Zed Books); New Approaches to Migration (ed., Routledge, 2002, with Khalid Koser); Secularism, Gender and the State in the Middle East (Cambridge University Press 2000) and Gender Writing–Writing Gender (The American University in Cairo Press, 1994) as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles. Her most recent book (co-edited with Nicola Pratt) is entitled Women and War in the Middle East: Transnational Perspectives (Zed Books, 2009). Professor Al-Ali has recently been elected to the Middle East Studies Association (MESA)'s Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Feminist Review Collective and a founding member of Act Together: Women’s Action for Iraq.
Nicola Pratt is Associate Professor of the International Politics of the Middle East at the University of Warwick, UK. She is co-author, with Nadje Al-Ali, of What Kind of Liberation? Women and the Occupation of Iraq (University of California Press, 2009) and co-editor, also with Nadje Al-Ali, of Women and War in the Middle East (Zed Press, 2009). She has also written on human rights, civil society, and democratization in the Arab world, including Democracy and Authoritarianism in the Arab World (Lynne Rienner, 2007). Her current research is on gendering the politics of in/security in the Middle East, with a focus on Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine and she is joint leader of the Reconceptualising Gender research network between Warwick and Birzeit University (Palestine). Nicola lived for about seven years in Egypt during the 1990s, during which time she undertook research for her doctoral dissertation on the politics of human rights NGOs. She is a member of Stop the War UK, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.
"The women express a desire to participate in warfare, and are frustrated when they are forced to remain in the safe houses with the children while the men conduct battle. In 1948, they gain the “right” to guard the kibbutz with hunting rifles. The film concludes with photographs of these women wielding their guns, implying that they gave up their own liberation for the sake of the national struggle and the settler colonial project."click | email | tweet