Islah Jad

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Dr. Islah Jad, Birzeit University

Islah Jad (born 1951) is a tenured Assistant Professor of Gender and Development at Birzeit University. She is also the co-founder and current Director of the Institute of Women’s Studies at Birzeit and a Core Group Member of the Arab Families Working Group. A prominent figure in the Palestinian women’s movement,[1] Jad also helped to establish the Women’s Affair Centre in Gaza and Nablus, Les Amies du Francis, the Child Corner project in el-Bireh, and the WATC (Women’s Affairs Technical Committee).[2] Jad carried out Gender Consultancy for the United Nations Development Programme and was a co-author of the United Nation’s Arab Human Development Report of 2005. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Cairo University, a master's degree in political theory from the University of Nantes, and a Ph.D. in gender and development studies from the University of London. In July, 2009 Jad received AMIDEAST’s Teaching Excellence Award.

Selected Publications[edit]

  • Jad, Islah. 2005. “Islamist Women of Hamas: A New Women’s Movement?” In On Shifting Ground; Muslim Women in a Global Era, edited by Fereshteh Nouraie-Simone. New York: The Feminist Press.
  • UNDP. Jad, Islah (core team member) and others. 2006. Arab Human Development Report, 2005: Women’s Empowerment. New York: UNDP.
  • Jad, Islah. 2005-2006. “Letters from Ramallah.” Bahithat 11: 206-226.
  • −−−. 2007a. “Re-reading the British Mandate in Palestine: Gender and the Urban rural Divide Through Health Care and Education.” Journal of Middle East Studies 39(3): 338-342
  • −−−. 2007b. “NGOs: Between Buzzwords and Social Movements.” Development in Practice-Oxford 17(4-5): 622-629.
  • −−−. 2008a. Women at the Crossroads: The Palestinian Women's Movement between Nationalism, Secularism and Islamism. Ramallah, Palestine: Muwatin, The Palestinian Institute for the Study of Democracy.
  • −−−. 2008b. “Women and Public Life.” In Men and Women Report. Ramallah, Palestine: PCBS.
  • −−−. 2009. “The Politics of Group Weddings in Palestine: Political and Gender Tensions.” Journal of Middle East Women's Studies 5(3): 36-53.
  • −−−. 2010a. “Reflections on the Arab Human Development Report on the Empowerment of Women in the Arab World.” In Arab Women: Future Perspectives, edited by Feryal Al–Ali. Amman, Jordan: Arab Thought Forum. (In Arabic).
  • −−−. 2010b. “Islamic Jihad.” In Encyclopedia of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, edited by Cheryl A. Rubenberg. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers.
  • −−−. 2010c. “The Conundrums of Post-Oslo Palestine: Gendering Palestinian Citizenship.” Feminist Theory 11(2): 149-169.
  • −−−. 2010d. “Islamist Women of Hamas: Between Nationalism and Feminism.” Revue Des Mondes Musulmans et de la Mediterranee, no. 128 (December).

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