Mounira M. Charrad
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She is an award-winning author whose work focuses on political sociology, comparative history, gender politics and the Middle East. Her research has centered on state formation,[clarification needed] colonialism, law, citizenship, kinship and women's rights.
Early life an education
Her book States and Women's Rights (2001) considers strategies of state building in kin-based societies and how struggles over state power shaped the expansion or curtailment of women's rights.
Charrad is currently[when?] studying conceptions of modernity in legal discourses in the Middle East. Challenging explanations of politics based on a textual approach to religion, she offers instead a focus on social solidarities and where they are grounded (kinship, ethnicity, or other), as for example in her articles "Gender in the Middle East: Islam, State, Agency" and "Central and Local Patrimonialism: State Building in Kin-Based Societies".
Charrad's research has been funded by several grants, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, the American Association of University Women and the American Institute of Maghribi Studies.
At the University of Texas at Austin, she is affiliated with The Center for European Studies, The Center for Middle East Studies, the Center for Women's and Gender Studies, the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice; the The Center for Middle East Studies and the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. She also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Middle East Studies.
Charrad's book States and Women's Rights: The Making of Postcolonial Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco (University of California Press, 2001) won the following awards:
- Distinguished Scholarly Book Award, American Sociological Association
- Best Book on Politics and History Greenstone Award, American Political Science Association
- Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award. Outstanding Book in Political Sociology, American Sociological Association, Section on Political Sociology
- Outstanding Scholarly Book in Any Field Hamilton Award, University of Texas at Austin
- Best First Book in the Field of History Award, Phi Alpha Theta, 2002
- Best Book in Sociology Komarosvky Award, Honorable Mention, Eastern Sociological Society, 2003
The book is being translated into French, Arabic and Chinese.
Selected other publications
- Patrimonial Power in the Modern World, Julia Adams & Mounira M. Charrad, eds., The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (New York City, New York: Sage), Volume 636 Issue 1. July 2001. 230 pp.
- '"Central and Local Patrimonialism: State Building in Kind-Based Societies" in Patrimonial Power in the Modern World, Julia P. Adams and Mounira M. Charrad, eds, Vol. 636 of The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. New York City, New York: Sage, Volume 636, Issue 1, July 2011, pp. 49–68.
- "Patrimonial Power in the Modern World", Julia P. Adams and Mounira M. Charrad, eds, Vol. 636 of The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. New York City, New York: Sage, Volume 636, Issue 1, July 2011, pp. 49–68.
- "Gender in the Middle East: Islam, State, Agency". Annual Review of Sociology. Vol 37. 2011.
- “Women's Agency Across Cultures: Conceptualizing Strengths and Boundaries". Women's Agency: Silences and Voices. Special issue, Women's Studies International Forum, Vol. 33 (6), December 2010.
- Guest Editor, Women's Agency: Silences and Voices, Special issue, Women's Studies International Forum, Vol. 33 (6), December 2010.
- "Kinship, Islam or Oil: Culprits of Gender Inequality?". Politics and Gender (a journal of the American Political Science Association). Vol. 5 (4), December 2009: 546–553.
- "Tunisia at the Forefront of the Arab World: Two Waves of Gender Legislation". Washington and Lee Law Review. Vol. 64 (4), Fall 2007: 1513–27 Revised and Reprinted in Women in the Middle East and North Africa: Agents of Change, edited by Fatima Sadiqi and Moha Ennaji. New York: Routledge, 2010.
- "Contexts, Concepts and Contentions: Gender Legislation in the Middle East". Hawwa: Journal of Women in the Middle East and the Islamic World. 2007. Vol. 5 (1): 55–72.
- "Unequal Citizenship: Issues of Gender Justice in the Middle East and North Africa". In Maitrayee Mukhopadhyay, ed., Gender Justice, Citizenship and Development. Ottawa, Canada: International Development Research Centre, 2007.
- "Becoming a Citizen: Lineage Versus Individual in Morocco and Tunisia". In Gender and Citizenship in the Middle East, Suad Joseph, ed. Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press, 2000, pp. 70–87.
- "Policy Shifts: State, Islam and Gender in Tunisia, 1930s – 1990s". In Social Politics. Summer 1997, Vol. 4 (2): 284–319. Expanded as "Continuity or Change: Family Law and Family Structure in Tunisia". With Allyson Goeken. In African Families at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century, ed. By Yaw Oheneba-Sakyi and Baffour K. Takyi, Westport, Connecticut: Praeger, 2006; Revised and reprinted as "Family Law and Ideological Debates in Postcolonial Tunisia". in Yount, K.M. and H. Rashad (eds.). 'Family in the Middle East: Ideational Change in Egypt, Iran, and Tunisia. Routledge, 2008.
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- Works by or about Mounira M. Charrad in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Charrad, Mounira M. States and Women's Rights. University of California Press, 2001.
- Charrad, Mounira M. Central and Local Patrimonialism: State Building in Kin-Based Societies. Annual Review of Sociology, 2011, Vol. 37: 417–437.
- Charrad, Mounira Maya (undated). "Family Law in Morocco – A Brief History". International Museum of Women. Retrieved November 15, 2012.