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Paul Amar


New Texts Out Now: Paul Amar, "Middle East Masculinity Studies"

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Paul Amar, “Middle East Masculinity Studies: Discourses of ‘Men in Crisis,’ Industries of Gender in Revolution,” Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 7.3 (Fall 2011): 36-71. Jadaliyya: What made you write this article? Paul Amar: I began drafting this article two years ago in order to seek ways out of the impasse in which the study of sexuality in the Middle East had become trapped. I was asking myself, how do we highlight aspects of coloniality, geopolitics, and power ...

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Why Egypt's Progressives Win

[Women protesting in Tahrir Square; Image from AP]

On 6 February 2011, Egypt’s hastily appointed Vice President Omar Suleiman invited in the old guard or what we could call the Businessmen’s Wing of the Muslim Brothers into a stately meeting in the polished rosewood Cabinet Chamber of Mubarak’s Presidential Palace. The aim of their tea party was to discuss some kind of accord that would end the national uprising and restore “normalcy.” When news of the meeting broke, expressions of delight and terror tore through the ...

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Why Mubarak is Out

[Image from Lefteris Pitarakis / AP Photo]

The “March of Millions” in Cairo marks the spectacular emergence of a new political society in Egypt. This uprising brings together a new coalition of forces, uniting reconfigured elements of the security state with prominent business people, internationalist leaders, and relatively new (or newly reconfigured ) mass movements of youth, labor, women’s and religious groups. President Hosni Mubarak lost his political power on Friday, 28 January. On that night the ...

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Paul Amar


Paul Amar is an associate professor in the Global & International Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, specializing in international security studies, political sociology, global ethnography, and gender/race/postcolonial theory. He holds affiliate appointments in Feminist Studies, Sociology, Middle East Studies, and Latin American & Iberian Studies. His research traces the origins and intersections of new patterns of police militarization, security governance, humanitarian intervention, and state restructuring in the megacities of the global south. His books include the The Security Archipelago: ‘Human Security’ States, Sexuality Politics and the End of Neoliberalism (Duke University Press, 2011); Cairo Cosmopolitan: Politics, Culture and Urban Space in the New Globalized Middle East, with Diane Singerman (American University in Cairo Press, 2006); New Racial Missions of Policing: International Perspectives on Evolving Law-Enforcement Politics (Routledge, 2010); Global South to the Rescue: Emergent Humanitarian Superpowers and Transnational Rescue Industries (Routledge, 2011); and The Rise of the Commando Cop: Militarizing Global Police Cultures and Gendering the Force of Law (in progress).