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The Paris Terror Attacks…Now What?

In light of the recent terror attacks that took place in Paris, many have taken to social media to publish their opinions. Hashtags including #JeSuisCharlie and #JeSuisAhmed went viral on twitter. The world seemed to be buzzing; the terror attacks in France had affected so many people. What happened as a result of the unprecedented [...]

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A never ending fight for Peace in the Middle East?

When I came back from Montreal (Quebec, Canada) to Lebanon in 2006-2007, all my friends called me ‘crazy’: ‘How can you leave a stable and secure environment for a volcano?’ I had my personal and family reasons, and I was convinced of the inevitable change yet to occur in the Middle East. I wanted to [...]

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LA SEXUALITE… ENTRE SACRALITE ET REFOULEMENT

Quelle ne fut la surprise de mes étudiants-es universitaires lorsqu’ils/elles découvrirent l’existence dans le temple de Bacchus à Baalbek il y a plus de deux millénaires, des rituels de sexualité sacrée arrosés de vin en abondance, dans un lieu VIP incluant les princes et les généraux ainsi que les prêtresses du temple… Quelle ne fut [...]

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La lente émergence d’un féminisme musulman

Chercheuse à l’Institut français du Proche-Orient (Ifpo), Zahra Ali réalise une thèse à l’Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) et s’est spécialisée sur les questions de genre, d’Islam et de politiques moyen-orientales. A la suite du Congrès de Lausanne sur les recherches féministes francophones qui a eu lieu du 29 août au 2 [...]

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Sommes-nous ‘croyants’? Sur l’identité libanaise… (II)

Je poursuis ma réflexion sur le concept de l’identité au Liban, un de ces concepts qui sont devenus inopérants puisque révélant des modes d’exclusion et des dysfonctionnements sociaux, et disqualifiant d’une manière ou d’une autre tout autre mode de pensée. Selon Sélim Abou s.j.: « [Même que] le silence devient inopérant, car les faits parlent [...]

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Le Moyen-Orient sans Soumission

Un de mes étudiants universitaires en Théologie émit le commentaire suivant il y a quelques jours: “la liberté individuelle est absente en islam, et est certainement introuvable dans le Coran. De ce fait, il est impossible pour le musulman et la musulmane de relire leurs  écritures sacrées selon le contexte dans lequel ils vivent; ils [...]

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Debating types of ‘Islamic dress’ (Hijab, Niqab, Burqa): Symbols of Freedom or Oppression?

Modern Islamic dress code has become a topic of much controversy and heated debate around the world. A number of countries have banned the wearing of these garments: hijab, which covers the woman’s body, leaving her face and hands visible; niqab, which covers everything except the eyes; and burqa, covering all parts of the face [...]

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Women in Personal Status Laws: IRAQ, JORDAN, LEBANON, PALESTINE, SYRIA

Recommending the following study by Gihane Tabet (SHS Papers in Women’s Studies/ Gender Research – Gender Equality and Development Section, Division of Human Rights, Social and Human Sciences Sector, UNESCO, 2005). Introduction: The objective of this paper is to explain the legal system as it pertains to women’s rights in the Middle East. We will [...]

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Women, Shari’a, and Personal Status Law Reform in Egypt after the Revolution

Recommending the following analysis by Camilo Gómez-Rivas | Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern history – The American University in Cairo. Like almost everything else during the uncertain period of the transitional government, the future of personal status law reform is at a crossroads in Egypt. The new constitution (assuming one will exist)[1] may technically have [...]

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Muslim Women Reformers: Inspiring Voices Against Oppression

We are dealing with an influential fundamentalist international that has a clear strategy. In order to secure women’s rights, we need a democratic international of women otherwise we have absolutely no chance of conquering this beast. Not only Algerian, but Sudanese, Iranian, and Afghani women know what I am talking about. They know the horror [...]

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