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Kurdish Women Through History, Culture and Resistance

Series: Bibliotheca Iranica: Kurdish Studies Series 15
Availability: Forthcoming
Published: 2024
Page #: xx + 380
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-56859-371-5
bibliography, index, notes, references

Quick Overview

Kurdish Women Through History, Culture, and Resistance is a study of the lives and struggles of Kurdish women in the past while also envisioning the social, cultural, and sexual transformation of gender relations for a future that is upon us. An interdisciplinary study of, by, and with Kurdish women, this anthology offers a rejuvenated radical analysis of transnational feminism by focusing on the interrelations between social forces and structures that constitute the totality of gender relations in Kurdish society at local, regional, and global levels. Stories of daily encounters of women’s bodies and sexualities with the state, patriarchal relations, religion, borders, and refugee camps is centered in some of the analyses; others explore the voices, images, and writings of women in cinema, songs, poems, folktales, and memoirs. The collective feminist ethos of the book is directed towards overcoming the absences and omissions of Kurdish gender relations in Kurdish Studies and in the study of women and gender relations in the Middle East and North Africa.


The first anthology, Women of a Non-State Nation: The Kurds, was published twenty-five years ago. The past two decades have witnessed an increase in the knowledge production on Kurdish gender relations, a knowledge production that has been primarily produced by Kurdish women scholars and activists. The chapters in Kurdish Women Through History, Culture, and Resistance are framing this body of knowledge while prefiguring a renewed theoretical and methodological path forward.




author

Shahrzad Mojab

Shahrzad Mojab is professor of Women and Gender Studies and Education at the University of Toronto. She is internationally known for her work on the impact of war, displacement, and violence on women’s work, learning, and education. Her research focuses on the theorization of Marxism and feminism; intersectionality; capitalist imperialist patriarchy; and the revolts of women, students, and nationalities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). She has published extensively on these topics; her recent books include Marxism and Migration (co-edited with Genevie Ritchie and Sara Carpenter) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022); Women of Kurdistan: A Historical and Bibliographical Study (co-authored with Amir Hassanpour) (Transnational Press, 2021); and Revolutionary Learning: Marxism, Feminism and Knowledge (co-authored with Sara Carpenter) (Pluto Press, 2017). She is the editor of the Peter Lang book series Kurdish People, History and Politics. In 2023, she created and curated The Archive of Defiance (http://archiveofdefiance.com), in which selected visual materials representing the movement of Woman Life Freedom/Jin Jiyan Azadi in Iran are presented and in which a revolutionary feminist “defiance” constitutes the core theoretical, political, and pedagogical anchor of the archive. She has also archived and curated the experience of women in prison in The Art of Resistance in the Middle East (www.womenpoliticalprisoners.com).

INTRODUCTION
Shahrzad Mojab

From “Women of a Non-State Nation” to “Kurdish Women through History, Culture and Resistance”: The Making of Gender & the Writing of Defiance


SECTION I: THE WRITING OF HISTORY

Susan Benson-Sokmen
The Poetry of the Present: Women and Memorial Resistance in Kurdistan

Marouf Cabi
The Women’s Movement in Iranian Kurdistan During and After the 1979 Revolution

Handan Çağlayan
Kurdish Women in the Labor Movement in Turkey from the1990s


SECTION II: GENDER THROUGH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

Amir Hassanpour
The (Re)producing of Patriarchy in the Kurdish Language

Ghaderi, Farangis
Exploring Women’s Erasure in Kurdish Literary History and Possibilities to Uncover Women’s Voices

Shahrzad Mojab
The Past and the Absences are Present in Kurdish Women’s Memoirs


SECTION III: GENDER, SEXUALITY, AND BODY POLITICS THROUGH ART

Marlene Schäfers
Voice, Self, and Pain: Shifts in Kurdish Women’s Self-expression

Houzan Mahmoud and Isabel Käser
Tracing Bodies and Spaces: Women’s Artistic and Cultural Production in Iraqi Kurdistan (Başur)
Sara Islán Fernández
Performing Gender in Riha’s Kurdish Communities: Patriarchal Rule’s Embodiment in Govend Dances

Tebessüm Yılmaz
Cinematic Narratives of Resilience and Resistance: Learning from Kurdish Women’s Experiences of War and State Violence


SECTION IV: NATIONALISM, FEMINISM, AND RESISTANCE

Necla Acik
Deconstructing Kurdishness, Femininity and Queerness Through the Work and Persona of Semyanî Perîzade

Berivan Sarikaya
Kurdish Women’s “Dirty Protest” in Prison

Dilar Dirik
Kurdish Women’s Internationalism: Moving Beyond the Gender/Nationalism Framing
Ruken Isik
Decolonizing “Honor” in Northern Kurdistan and Turkey: Kurdish Women’s Activism in Funeral Sites

Yeter Tan
Justice in the hands of Women: An Alternative justice mechanism of the Kurdish Women’s Movement


SECTION V: DISPLACEMENT, TRANSNATIONAL MIGRATION, AND DIASPORA

Gülay Kilicaslan
Kurdish Women’s Self-organizing Against Displacement and Dispossession

Elif Genc
From Jineolojî to Democratic Confederalism: A Transnational Commoning of the Kurdish Women’s Liberation Movement’s Komel Against Feminicide

Munevver Azizoglu Bazan (azizoglu.bazan@hotmail.de)
A Critical Review of Research on Kurdish Women in the Diaspora

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