This presentation considers youths’ reactions to Daesh ideology as it relates to gender regimes in Morocco and Tunisia, which are at the forefront of women’s rights in the Arab world.
Those reactions are tested at the political, civil society, legal, and theological levels. Taken together, those reactions are creating an unprecedented dynamic at the discursive level where gender issues are prominent. Ironically, while Daesh ideology seeks to wipe out the sources of any gender debate that takes into consideration a women’s rights perspective, the latter is re-emerging as a driving force in a region where the roots of gender and women’s issues go deep in history. The presentation has two parts: The first part presents the reactions and the second part presents the ramifications of the readings for gender and feminisms in North Africa.
Fatima Sadiqi is Professor of Linguistics and Gender Studies (University of Fez, Morocco); her work focuses on women’s issues in modern North Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean world. She is author and editor of numerous volumes and journal issues, including Women, Gender and Language (Brill 2003), Women’s Activism and the Public Sphere: Local/Global Linkages (Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 2006), Women and Knowledge in the Mediterranean (Routledge 2013), Moroccan Feminist Discourses (Palgrave Macmillan 2014), and Women’s Movements in the Post-“Arab Spring” North Africa (2016). Her work has been supported by numerous prestigious awards and fellowships from Harvard University, The Woodrow Wilson Center, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, and Fulbright. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Oxford Encyclopedia of African Women’s History.
The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. The event will be followed by drinks.