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Sexual violence in Iraq: Challenges for transnational feminist politics

Al-Ali, Nadje (2016) 'Sexual violence in Iraq: Challenges for transnational feminist politics.' European Journal of Women’s Studies. pp. 1-18.

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Abstract

The article discusses sexual violence by ISIS against women in Iraq, particularly Yezidi women, against the historical background of broader sexual and gender-based violence. It intervenes in feminist debates about how to approach and analyse sexual and wider gender-based violence in Iraq specifically and the Middle East more generally. Recognizing the significance of positionality, the article argues against dichotomous positions and for the need to look at both macrostructural configurations of power pertaining to imperialism, neoliberalism and globalization on the one hand, and localized expressions of patriarchy, religious interpretations and practices and cultural norms on the other hand. Finally, the article reflects on the question of what a transnational feminist solidarity might look like in relation to sexual violence by ISIS.

Item Type: Articles
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Centre for Gender Studies
ISSN: 1461-7420
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1177/1350506816633723
Depositing User: Nadje Al-Ali
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2016 13:53
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/22128

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