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Lama Abu Odeh


Of Wife and the Domestic Servant in the Arab World

[Image from author.]

My goal in this short essay is to capture for the reader the gains and losses associated with Islamic-based family rules in the context of an economy that has a generous supply of cheap domestic workers and a sparing one of female public employment. I do so from the perspective of the housewife who is able to hire a domestic servant. I specifically argue that a spill-over effect of family law rules occurs in a household that employs domestic servants, triangulating the ...

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The Limits of International Law Legalese

[Destruction in Gaza after Israeli bombardment, part of Operation Pillar of Defense. Image by Scott Bobb. From Wikimedia Commons.]

On most days I think that the use of international law to stake out a position that condemns Israeli military behavior is a good idea. Using legalese can be the only way for the Palestinian position to be "heard." On other days, I find myself skeptical. The porousness of the international doctrine on war especially the much touted principles of "necessity" and "proportionality" [1]-- is such that the IDF lawyers are as good as any to pitch their ...

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Yehouda Shenav's "Beyond the Two-State Solution"

[Cover of Yehouda Shenav's

…the Green Line is a cultural myth, harnessed to advance the economic-political and cultural interests of a broad liberal Jewish stratum of society in Israel.  This is the source of the paradox: The principle obstacle for a shift in the historical language resides with the liberal classes frequently referred to as 'leftist', who have a significant impact in shaping and offering solutions to the conflict. This liberal “left” offers an outlook on the conflict ...

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Materialist Analysis in the Service of a Nationalist Thesis: Response to Interview with Tariq Tell on the Hirak Siyasi in Jordan

[Jordanians are seen reflected in a vehicle's window in Amman, Jordan. Image by Muhammed Muheisen/AP Photo]

[This article was written as a response to a recently published two-part interview with Tariq Tell on the history of state formation in Jordan and regime-society relations in the context of the Arab uprisings. Click here to read Tariq Tell's rejoinder to this response.] Political agitation and social dissidence have become daily occurrences in Jordan. Strikes, demonstrations, marches, sit-ins, denunciatory public statements, public property destruction episodes, ...

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Lama Abu Odeh


Lama Abu Odeh, Professor of Law, Georgetown Law Center, writes on Law and Economic Development, Law and Gender, and Constitutional Law. Her scholarship is focussed on the Arab world. Her latest is a forthcoming article entitled, "Of Law and the Revolution".