Vernacular Freedom: Locating Feminism in Post-Mubarak Egypt – by Melinda Holmes

Criticizing the absolutist approach of many women’s rights advocate, Melinda Holmes writes that centering the conversation on ethics, and learning how to “speak” ethics across the religious-secular divide, is the only way to proceed toward a universal understanding that can be the basis for a truly just global order. Muslim feminists are, in all their […]

Rami Khouri on the Birth of the Arab Citizen – by Alex Taylor and Jack Berger

While focus on the Arab uprisings centers on the democratic setbacks that have followed the bursts of change in Egypt, Tunisia, and Syria – among other countries – the current discussion largely misses the most important shift in the region: the emergence of a new conception of citizenship in the Arab world.

Gaza on Their Minds: The Effect of “Operation Cast Lead” in Mobilizing Palestinian Action – By Julia Fitzpatrick

This paper seeks to address the following questions: to what extent does the political, economic and social isolation of the Gaza Strip affect its place in a larger Palestinian national consciousness, especially among Palestinians in Israel and the West Bank who are the physically closest Palestinians to their Gazan kin? Do Palestinians in Israel and […]