JMEWS: Volume 17, Issue 2

July 1, 2021
JMEWS July 2021 Issue Cover

About the Journal

JMEWS is the official journal of the Association for Middle East Women's Studies.

This interdisciplinary journal advances the fields of Middle East gender, sexuality, and women's studies through the contributions of academics, artists, and activists from around the globe working in the interpretive social sciences and humanities. JMEWS publishes area-specific research informed by transnational feminist, sexuality, masculinity, and cultural theories and scholarship. It is particularly interested in work that employs historical, ethnographic, literary, textual, and visual analyses and methodologies. The journal also publishes book and film reviews, review essays, and dissertation abstracts that highlight theoretical innovation in gender and sexuality studies focused on the Middle East. JMEWS received the 2015 CELJ Award for Best Journal Design.

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Serpouhi Dussap’s Mayda; or, The Birth of Armenian Women’s Literature through the Palimpsestic Narrative of Feminism 

Maral Aktokmakyan

Postfeminism à la Turca: Postfeminism in New Turkish Romantic Comedies 

Burcu Dabak Özdemir

The “Barbaric” Dabke: Masculinity, Dance, and Autocracy in Contemporary Syrian Cultural Production 

Shayna Silverstein

Over Forty Years of Resisting Compulsory Veiling: Relating Literary Narratives to Text-Based Protests and Cyberactivism 

Claudia Yaghoobi

The Body under Siege: Corruption and the Female Body in Betool Khedairi’s Ghāyib 

Kimberly Canuette Grimaldi


Agency versus Insurgency 

Ellen McLarney


Peaceful Families: American Muslim Efforts against Domestic Violence 

Sarah Eltantawi

For Sama 

Renée Ragin Randall

Intelligent Souls? Feminist Orientalism in Eighteenth-Century English Literature 

- miriam cooke


Cover Art Concept 

Naïma Hachad

Performance as Feminist Historiography: An Interview with Gita Hashemi on Zandokht Shirazi and Early Radical Feminism in Iran 

Nazli Akhtari

Ecofeminism and Structural Violence: Hope Mokded’s Violence Intime at the Centre LGBTQI+ in Paris 

Anne Marie E. Butler

The Conflation of Single Mothers and Prostitutes in Morocco: Qiwama, Legal Exclusion, and Paternal Impunity 

Ginger Feather