eBook Gender and Violence in the Middle East, 1st Edition

  • David Ghanim
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  • ISBN-10: 0313359962
  • ISBN-13: 9780313359965
  • DDC: 362.83
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 265 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released September 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009
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Gender and Violence in the Middle East argues that violence is fundamental to the functioning of the patriarchal gender structure that governs daily life in Middle Eastern societies. Ghanim contends that the inherent violence of gender relations in the Middle East feeds the authoritarianism and political violence that plague public life in the region. In this societal sense, men as well as women may be said to be victims of the structural violence inherent in Middle Eastern gender relations. The author shows that the varieties of physical violence against women for which the Middle East is notorious -- honor killings, obligatory beatings, female genital mutilation -- are merely eruptions of an ethos of psychological violence and the threat of physical violence that pervades gender relations in the Middle East.