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Min Fami

Arab Feminist Reflections on Identity, Space and Resistance

edited by Ghadeer Malek & Ghaida Moussa

Inanna Publications & Education Inc.
Initial publish date
Mar 2014
Women's Studies, Gender Studies, General
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Min Fami: Arab Feminist Reflections on Identity, Space, and Resistance is an anthology that cradles the thoughts of Arab feminists, articulated through personal critical narratives, academic essays, poetry, short stories, and visual art. It is a meeting space where discussions on home(land), exile, feminism, borders, gender and sexual identity, solidarity, language, creative resistance, and de(colonization) are shared, confronted, and subverted. In a world that has increasingly found monolithic and one-dimensional ways of representing Arab womyn, this anthology comes as an alternate space in which we connect on the basis of our shared identities, despite physical, theoretical, and metaphorical distances, to celebrate our multiple voices, honour our ancestry, and build community on our own terms, and in our own voices.

About the authors

Ghadeer Malek is a Palestinian feminist activist, aspiring writer and spoken word poet. She immigrated to Toronto in 2003 to study at the University of Toronto where she was active in student movements in support of Palestinian human rights and justice. She graduated with a BA in History and Middle Eastern studies after which she joined the Association of Women's Right in Development (AWID) as part of the Young Feminist Activism (YFA) program. Ghadeer is also involved with AQSAZine, an art collective of young progressive and critical Muslim women passionate about combating gender-based violence through art. Ghadeer's poetry has been published in Feminism FOR REAL and Shameless Magazine. Co-editor Ghaida Moussa holds a bi-disciplinary Master's degree in International Development and Global Studies, and Women's Studies from the University of Ottawa. Her works has thus far focused on themes such as identity, community, belonging, queer and/or feminist postcolonial theory, and resistance. She plans to pursue the exploration of these themes at a doctoral level in York University's Social and Political Thought program. She currently lives in Gatineau, Quebec.

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Ghaida Moussa is a scholar, educator, and dj, who is passionately drawn to creative articulations of resistance, identity, memory, and space. She holds a bi-disciplinary Master’s degree in International Development and Global Studies, and Women’s Studies from the University of Ottawa. Her Master’s thesis, Narrative (sub)Versions: How Queer Palestinian Womyn ‘Queer’ Palestinian Identity, focused on narrative and creative resistance by queer Palestinian womyn in response to national, colonial, and neocolonial mainstream oppressive discourses. She is currently undertaking her Ph.D in Social and Political Thought at York University in Toronto, Canada. The past couple of years, she has been devoted to translating anti-colonial notions onto dance floors, thinking through 'home' in the cracks between anchored locations and collective memory, and practicing pedagogy from the heart in the classroom and in alternate spaces of education. 

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Editorial Reviews

"In Min Fami, Ghadeer Malek and Ghaida Moussa have gathered together powerful literary and political analyses, moving fiction, personal essays, and visual art, fierce and loving poetry -- work by Arab women from the world over -- who inscribe this moment in its dense and hewn multiplicities, who refuse its violence and excavate its violent erasures, and holding faith with over one hundred years of Arab feminisms, who turn toward that which cannot be known, and that which yet must be faced. This book is extraordinary, passionate, and hopeful, even as it knows its work is battle and mourning as much as making a space for being and beauty."- Trish Salah, Author of Wanting in Arabic and Lyric Sexology, Vol. 1 "How does one grapple with the loss of home and homeland? How does one remember beyond memory and history? How does one read, dream, and write in another tongue? In a moving and poignant collection of essays, poems, short stories, and photographs, Min Fami: Arab Women's Reflections on Identity, Space and Resistance articulates these questions and more. Insisting on fluidity and openness, the editors do not impose an easy or comfortable linear order. Instead, they invite readers to delve into intimate snapshots of Arab women's lives as they are felt, experienced, and expressed through their words and from their mouths. Min Fami continues a powerful tradition of Arab women's writings that draw inspiration from feminist, critical race, and anti-colonial theories and practices. It is a compelling and provocative work that resonates with our dreams for collective change, just liberation, and transformative futures." - Dana M. Olwan, Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Syracuse University, New York

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