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Arab American Literature: Feminism

This LibGuide highlights the works of Arab American authors.


In this section, Arab American authors that write on gender and feminist issues are highlighted.









Authors & Works

Sherine Hafez

Sherine Hafez is Professor and Department Chair of Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is the Co-Editor of the Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (JMEWS) and served as President for the Association of Middle East Anthropologists (AMEA).

Feminist Works: 

An Islam of Her Own: Reconsidering Religion and Secularism in Women's Islamic Movements

Women of the Midan: The Untold Stories of Egypt's Revolutionaries

Mohja Kahf

Poet and scholar Mohja Kahf was born in Damascus, Syria. Her family moved to the United States in 1971, and Kahf grew up in the Midwest.

Feminist Works: 

Western Representations of the Muslim Woman: From Termagant to Odalisque

Sahar Mustafah

The daughter of immigrants, Sahar Mustafah explores her Palestinian heritage in her writing. She earned her MFA in Fiction from Columbia College where she was a Follett Graduate Scholar.

Feminist Works: 

The Beauty of Your Face

Nadje Sadig Al-Ali

Nadje Sadig Al-Ali was born to an Iraqi father and German mother, and she lived in Egypt for several years and was involved in the Egyptian women's movement. Many of her publications reflect the lives of Iraqi women and recent struggle to voice their opinions during the US-led invasion of Iraq.

Feminist Works: 

Iraqi Women: Untold Stories From 1948 to the Present

Gender Writing/Writing Gender: The Representation of Women in a Selection of Modern Egyptian Literature

What Kind of Liberation?: Women and the Occupation of Iraq

Secularism, Gender, and the State in the Middle East: The Egyptian Women's Movement

More Feminist Works