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Nadia Guessous


Having a Conversation on Other Terms: Gender and the Politics of Representation in the New Moroccan Government

[Women of the PJD; Image from Agence France Presse]

The recent parliamentary elections in Morocco have led to the creation of the first ever elected Islamist government in Morocco’s history. After winning more than forty percent of the votes in the November 25th elections, the Party of Justice and Development (PJD) led by Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane formed a coalition government with the socialist Parti du Progrès et du Socialisme (PPS), the nationalist Istiqlal party and the royalist Mouvement Populaire (MP). ...

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Nadia Guessous


Nadia Guessous is Assistant Professor of anthropology and gender studies at the Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University. She is an anthropologist whose teaching and research focus on questions of religion, secularism, feminism and modern subjectivity. She is the author of a study on gender and political violence during the repressive years of lead in Morocco published in Morocco and in France; and is working on a book entitled Genealogies of Feminism: Leftist Feminist Subjectivity in the Wake of the Islamic Revival in Contemporary Morocco.