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.

Online credit card donation facilities were withdrawn in May 2018 from four NGOs (Al-Haq, Women’s Affairs Technical Committee (WATC), Union of Agricultural Work committees (UAWC) and the Alternative Information Centre) after Visa, Mastercard and American Express were alerted that these NGOs had links to a designated terrorist organisation, namely the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).[3] WATC was established in 1992 in Ramallah, West Bank.[4]

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.
  • −−−. Jad, Islah (August 2007). "Re-reading the British mandate in Palestine: gender and the urban rural divide through health care and education". International Journal of Middle East Studies. 39 (3): 338–342. doi:10.1017/S002074380707047X.
  • −−−. Jad, Islah (August 2007). "NGOs: Between buzzwords and social movements". Development in Practice. 17 (4–5): 622–629. doi:10.1080/09614520701469781.
  • −−−. Women at the cross-roads: the Palestinian women's movement between nationalism, secularism and Islamism (Ph.D.). SOAS, University of London. 2008.
  • −−−. PCBS, ed. (2008), "Women and public life", Men and Women Report (PDF) (in Arabic), Ramallah, Palestine: Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS).
  • −−−. Jad, Islah (Fall 2009). "The politics of group weddings in Palestine: political and gender tensions". Journal of Middle East Women's Studies. 5 (3): 36–53. doi:10.2979/mew.2009.5.3.36. JSTOR 10.2979/mew.2009.5.3.36.
  • −−−. Al–Ali, Feryal, ed. (2010), "Reflections on the Arab Human Development Report on the empowerment of women in the Arab world", Arab women: future perspectives (in Arabic), Amman, Jordan: Arab Thought Forum.
  • −−−. Rubenberg, Cheryl A., ed. (2010), "Islamic Jihad", Encyclopedia of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers, ISBN 9781588266866.
  • −−−. Jad, Islah (August 2010). "The conundrums of post-Oslo Palestine: gendering Palestinian citizenship". Feminist Theory. 11 (2): 149–169. doi:10.1177/1464700110366809.
  • −−−. Jad, Islah (June 2011). "Islamist women of Hamas: between feminism and nationalism". Inter-Asia Cultural Studies. 12 (2): 176–201. doi:10.1080/14649373.2011.554647.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-21. Retrieved 2011-09-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Islah Jad". 2009-03-02.
  3. ^ Credit Card Donations to Terrorist linked NGOs terminated
  4. ^ Women's Affairs Technical Committee (WATC)

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