How Not to Study Gender in the Middle East
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M. Mikdashi
Discrimination, Hetero / sexism, Islamophobia
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Mikdashi, M. (2012b, March 21). How Not to Study Gender in the Middle East. Jadaliyya. 


Maya Mikdashi outlines ten suggestions on what to avoid (and what to do) when studying and learning about gender in the Middle East. She begins by noting that gender is not the study of what is evident, but rather it is an analysis. Mikdashi also highlights that it is important to define the object of the study, take sexuality into account, to understand that gender is one aspect of subjectivity, and that the ungendered body does not exist. In addition, she indicates that one must avoid tokenisms and generalizations regarding gender, to not assume gender politics are easy, and to realize that Islam may not be the most important factor in analyzing gender in the Middle East. Lastly, she indicates that the study of gender in the Middle East is not new and to not assume that you know all the factors and actors that contribute to the gender discourse.


The Teaching Against Islamophobia resources were developed with funding support from the Law Foundation of BC, and the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies at SFU.

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