Women

Who You’re Reading When You’re Reading Arab Women

Who You’re Reading When You’re Reading Arab Women

Everything from our expectations and background, to social mediators like teachers, critics, and influencers, and even the book's cover design can subtly change how we read a book in translation.

Facing Midlife Womanhood in the Middle East

Facing Midlife Womanhood in the Middle East

In time, we will come to terms with growing older, as we must do, as the women in these series have done. But for now, we must look at ourselves with love and accept that the seasons are changing and that we, alone, are the authors of our destiny.

The Hidden Face of Nawal El Saadawi

The Hidden Face of Nawal El Saadawi

The Egyptian writer was marginalized and misunderstood at home and abroad. In Egypt, she was labeled anti-religion and secular. But in the West, too, she was put in boxes: Arab, feminist, revolutionary. She was more than all those things: a universal writer who transcended boundaries and wrote of the human condition.

Faisal Al Yafai
The Promising Young Women of Syria

The Promising Young Women of Syria

Ten years ago, war shattered the hopes of many Syrians. But none have suffered quite like the women. Lydia Wilson writes about what it is like to be a young woman in Syria today, facing mundane hardships, greater responsibility, and diminished prospects.

Lydia Wilson
The ISIS War Crime Iraqi Turkmen Won’t Talk About

The ISIS War Crime Iraqi Turkmen Won’t Talk About

Media attention of the crimes of ISIS have focused on attacks against Iraq’s Yazidi minority group. But another minority group, the Turkmen, also suffered terrible violence, and only now, slowly, is the embattled community piecing together its own story.

Hollie McKay
Saudi Arabia’s Houses of Horror for Disobedient Women

Saudi Arabia’s Houses of Horror for Disobedient Women

Fear of ending up in a state-run Home of Care was echoed in every interview I conducted with women who sought asylum abroad after leaving the kingdom. Understanding this institution is crucial to understanding what the women are running away from.

Ola Salem
In Praise of Working Mothers Under COVID

In Praise of Working Mothers Under COVID

COVID has created a new level of stress for working mothers and highlighted the difference in expectations for men and women.

Michael Weiss