From the Editors
A key conceptual problem for observers of the Arab uprisings–academics and journalists alike–continues to be how to classify and assess the ideological transformations taking place. “The people want the downfall of the regime,” the central slogan of the uprisings, has been interpreted as anything from a return to pan-Arab sentiments to a new Arab liberalism. For some, it signaled the unification of action around a single idea that resisted the atomization of Arab societies ...Keep Reading »
Sune Haugbolle is Associate Professor in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies at the Department for Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen. His work deals with social memory, cultural production and ideology in the modern Middle East. He is the author of War and Memory in Lebanon (Cambridge UP, 2010) and has co-edited the volume The Politics of Violence, Truth and Reconciliation in the Arab Middle East (Routledge, 2009). His articles have appeared in a.o. Arab Studies Journal, Contemporary Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and Journal of Middle Eastern Women's Studies. He is currently working on a project about ideology and the Arab leftism.
"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