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For Arab Lesbians, a Place to Dance Freely

May 20, 2012


By MICHAEL T. LUONGOPublished: May 18, 2012 Emily Berl for The New York TimesJaida Dance, center, performs for patrons. AN unusually cold May evening left much of Greenwich Village looking abandoned, but inside Henrietta Hudson, Arabian desert rhythms were entrancing patrons. The lesbian bar was hosting the inaugural Banaat, the female offshoot of the gay […]

Does Radical Feminism Advance Arab Women’s Rights?

May 2, 2012


Sahar AzizAssociate Professor of Law, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law Posted: 05/ 1/2012 Last week, Mona Eltahawy triggered a polemic firestorm with her blanket assertion that Arab men’s hatred of women explains the abysmal gender inequities found in the Middle East. Many Arab women are perturbed that her article “Why Do They Hate Us?” […]

Why Do They Hate Us?

April 25, 2012


The real war on women is in the Middle East. BY MONA ELTAHAWY | MAY/JUNE 2012 In “Distant View of a Minaret,” the late and much-neglected Egyptian writer Alifa Rifaat begins her short story with a woman so unmoved by sex with her husband that as he focuses solely on his pleasure, she notices a […]

Arab Spring Fails to Allay Women’s Anxieties

March 10, 2012


By RANA F. SWEISPublished: March 7, 2012 Rana F. Sweis for The International Herald TribuneA participant at a meeting in Sousse, Tunisia, last month on changes in the Arab world. After recent elections, women remain underrepresented in the region’s parliaments. AMMAN — Like many Tunisians, Maroua Ben Salah, 23, never imagined that her life and […]

Gender and conflict in Iraq

February 16, 2012


By Mehrunisa Qayyum, February 15, 2012 “Violence emanates from the man, so we have to have projects that make him aware of this circumstance,” said Zainab Sadeq Jaffer, an Iraqi human rights attorney who presented at the US Institute for Peace Conference entitled “Women Fighting for Peace”. Others may argue that violence is not a […]