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Women of a Non-State Nation: The Kurds

Series: Bibliotheca Iranica: Kurdish Studies Series 3
Availability: In stock
Published: 2018
Page #: xii + 295
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 1-56859-093-8
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This book is the first scholarly work on feminism and nationalism in the context of one of the most persistent nationalist movements of the twentieth century-Kurdish nationalism. While a considerable volume of the literature on the Kurds deals with their nationalism, the place of women in this nationalist movement has rarely been studied. The relationship between nationalism and feminism is quite complex and conflictual. While some progress has recently been made in theorizing the relationships, there is a dearth of empirical studies of the topic. The contributors to this book examine aspects of Kurdish women's lives in light of current theoretical debates. For the first time, the contributors apply gender critique to the understanding of the nationalism of the world's largest non-state nation, the Kurds. The book introduces a gender dimension into the growing literature on Kurdish nationalism. The diversity of Kurdish women's lives and experiences, from their membership in the parliament to military activism to mothering is documented. At the same time, it provides extensive evidence and analysis, which questions the widely accepted claim that Kurdish women enjoy more freedom compared with their Arab, Turkish and Persian sisters. Many of the topics in the book have never been addressed in Kurdish studies, for instance, gender and self-determination, women and Sufism, feminism and nationalism, and women and health choices. The editor's introductory chapter is the first survey of Kurdish women's studies, and provides a critical overview of the state of research, and examines theoretical and methodological issues as well as the politics and political economy of research on the women of a non-state nation. NOTE: This is the third printing, 2018.

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).

Preface vii

Acknowledgements ix
Introduction: The solitude of the stateless-Kurdish women at
the margins of feminist knowledge
Shahrzad Mojab 1
PART I: HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES
1. En-Gendering Nationalism: The 'Women Question' in
Kurdish Nationalism Discourse of the Late Ottoman Period
Janet Klein 25
2. Kurdish Women in Constantinople at the Beginning of the
Twentieth Century
Rohat Alakom 53
3. Women and Nationalism in the Kurdish Republic of 1946
Shahrzad Mojab 71
PART II: POLITICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVES
4. From Adela Khanum to Leyla Zana: Women as Political
Leaders in Kurdish History
Martin van Bruinessen 95
5. Kurdish Migrant Women in Istanbul: Community and Resources
for Local Political Participation of a Marginalized
Social Group
Heidi Wedel 113
6. Kurdish Women and Self-Determination: A Feminist
Approach to International Law
Susan McDonald 135
PART III: SOCIAL, CULTURAL, AND LINGUISTIC PERSPECTIVES
7. Medic, Mystic or Magic? Women's Health Choices in a Kurdish
City
Maria O'Shea 161
8.Folklore and Fantasy: The Presentation of Women in Kurdish
Oral Tradition
Christine Allison 181
9. Portraits of Kurdish Women in Contemporary Sufism
Annabelle Böttcher 195
10. Western Images of the Woman's Role in Kurdish Society
Mirella Galletti 209
11. The (re)production of patriarchy in the Kurdish language
Amir Hassanpour 227

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