Prof. Mervat Hatem on "The Rise of the Security State and Its Use of Gender"


Wednesday, December 3, 2008 11:30 AM
Lecture Hall 1

Professor Mervat Hatem

The Rise of the Security State and Its Use of Gender in the Global Wars on Terror

The “war on terror” did not start after September 2001. In the 1990s, many Middle Eastern states (including Egypt, Algeria, and Tunisia) launched their own “war on terror” against their domestic political opponents, invariably of an Islamist variety. Professor Hatem will compare the regional and global wars on terror, highlighting the rise of the "security state," the development of a distinct political discourse that categorized Islamism as "terrorism," the heavy reliance on extra legal tactics to fight its enemy, and the support of feminist groups in both Egypt and the US.

*Food & Refreshments Served*

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Professor Mervat Hatem’s Brief Biography

Mervat Hatem is a professor of political science at Howard University in Washington DC. She is currently the president of the Middle East Studies Association. She has published more than 50 journal articles and book chapters on gender and politics in the Middle East and in North America. Her most recent work focuses on the role that gender plays in the legitimation of the war and terror of which this presentation constitutes a part. The title of her forthcoming book is Literature, Gender, and Nation-Building in Nineteenth-Century Egypt: The Life and Works of `A'isha Taymur (Literatures and Cultures of the Islamic World).

Hosted by The Middle East Studies Program, Women and Gender Studies, Modern and Classical Languages, Islamic Studies, Global Interdisciplinary Programs, *and The Dept. of Public and International Affairs.

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