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

Egyptian women protesting

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

Rami Khouri

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 […]