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FT-229388-15

Ibtesam Al Atiyat, PhD
St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN 55057-1574)

An Analysis of Public Disputes over the Amendment of Laws Regulating Gender in Modern Jordan

Summer research and writing on Area and Gender Studies, and Sociology.

In Body Politics and Nation Building in Modern Jordan: An Analysis of Public Disputes over the Amendment of Laws Regulating Gender and Sexuality, I analyze recent disputes surrounding the amendment of laws regulating women's bodies, including those of rape and honor killings. I argue that recognizing them as a clash between "modern" and "traditional" values--as many scholars have done--oversimplifies a complex power struggle between multiple actors (Islamists, women's activists, tribal leaders, government officials). These actors do not directly subscribe to their rhetoric's content; but deploy the concept of "values" as a political expedient and means to an end for political power. My book is intended for social scientists, humanists, and general readers, who seek to understand the status of Jordanian women. On site in Jordan, I will interview women's activists, Islamists, tribal leaders, and public officials, and will also examine court trial scripts in cases of rape and honor crimes.

Project fields:
Area Studies; Gender Studies; Sociology

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 8/31/2015