Amal Awad was tired of seeing books that explored the lives of Arab women from a western perspective. She set out to interview women of Arab heritage from both the Middle East and in Australia, as a Palestinian-Australian woman herself.
Amal Awad talks about the fascination with Arab women and their lives; the misconceptions that abound; and how Arab women respond in her upcoming book, Beyond Veiled Clichés – The Real Lives of Arab Women.
Since the rebellions of 2011, the Arab order is in a state of disorder, sitting atop a time bomb made up of youth, who constitute the overwhelming majority. Today’s youth, want more freedom, dignity, jobs, and security. The unaccountable and security driven states cannot satisfy their aspirations and, in fact, push them in the opposite direction. Although the monarchies have tended to have more legitimacy than the entrenched despots of the Arab republics, their populations still experienced lack of political expression, freedoms, and government accountability.
The Australian National University (ANU) is proud to host the 2017 Biennial Conference of the Australasian Association for Communist and Post-communist Studies (AACaPS). The conference will be held on the ANU campus in Canberra between Thursday, June 29 and Friday, June 30. The conference is open to all scholars, students, professionals and members of the general public with an interest in research on the Soviet and post-Soviet world covering all academic disciplines.
Over the past decade, the nature of the challenges and threats affecting the Middle East region have been among the most complex it has ever faced. The region’s political order is in a state of fundamental disequilibrium: from the unravelling of the Sykes-Picot architecture to the emergence of a nuclear Iran, and the unprecedented challenges to the legitimacy of the Arab political system. Each of these challenges is a potential threat to global peace and stability.