Yale Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Volume 7, Issue 1
fall 2016
Editor, Geetanjali Singh Chanda
Managing Editors, Linda Hase & Moe Gardner
Layout Design, Nick Appleby

Visiting Professor: Zakia Salime


Zakia Salime joined WGSS as a Visiting Associate Professor. Zakia is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Women’s & Gender Studies at Rutgers University.  Her work focuses on parsing out the tensions between concepts of development, democratization and rights, with a particular interest in their gendered and racialized configurations. Her work explores how seemingly universalist notions of gender equality, religious identity, and citizenship rights have shaped movements and state transitions in North Africa and the Middle East. She is the author of Between Feminism and Islam: Human Rights and Sharia Law in Morocco (Minnesota, 2011). The book illustrates this interplay of global regimes of rights and local policies and discourses of rights. Specifically, the book considers the interactions amongst the feminist and the Islamist women’s movements. The book shows how these interactions have transformed the state gender policies, the public discourse about women’s rights and the movements themselves. In the book Salime shows how negotiations of rights and democratic participation has led to the feminization of the Islamist movement one the one hand, and the Islamization of the feminist movement on the other. In the process she critically re-assesses fissures in liberal feminist theory, which has primarily looked at Muslim women as objects of a discourse of liberation rather than as agents negotiating global policies and building alternative understandings of rights. Her forthcoming co-edited volume, with Frances Hasso, Freedom without Permission: Bodies and Space in the Arab Revolutions (Duke 2016) investigates the embodied, sexualized and gendered spaces that were generated, transformed and reconfigured during the Arab uprisings. Salime is working on a third book manuscript on gender and land rights movements, which investigates a nationwide mobilization by peasant women for land rights in the context of privatization of communal land in Morocco. Salime has taught and published in the areas of comparative feminism(s), gender and globalization, social movements, international inequalities and development, contemporary social theory, feminist theory. Her teaching and publications are located at the nexus of race, gender, empire, the political economy of the “war on terror”, development policies, neoliberalism, Islamic societies and movements and youth cultural politics.

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