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Chamas, Sophie and Allouche, Sabiha (2022) 'Mourning Sarah Hegazi: Grief and the Cultivation of Queer Arabness.' WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly, 50 (3/4). pp. 230-249.

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In this article, we engage in a discursive analysis and affective reading of written and recorded responses to the suicide of Sarah Hegazi, an Egyptian queer feminist communist who took her own life in exile in Canada in the summer of 2020. In the aftermath of Hegazi’s suicide, queer Arabs across the Middle East and North Africa, as well their diaspora, publicly mourned her death in an unprecedented way through an abundance of social media posts, blogs, articles, Twitter and Instagram hashtags, and vigils. Some mourned her as a friend and comrade, but most did not know Hegazi personally. In what follows, we explore what it was about Hegazi’s life and death that inspired such a response from queer Arabs and what this collective mourning was productive of.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Queer; grief; Middle East; suicide; mourning; militancy.
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Law
Departments and Subunits > Interdisciplinary Studies > Centre for Gender Studies
ISSN: 19341520
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Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2022 16:15

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