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Islah Jad

Islah JadAssociate Professor, Gender and Development, Birzeit University

Dr. Jad is one of the founders of the Women’s Studies Institute at Birzeit University in 1994, and of WATC (Women’s Affairs Technical Committee) in 1992, a national coalition for women. She has published many works on Palestinian and Arab women political participation and political development. She was also a co-author for the Arab Human Development Report of 2005. Dr. Jad obtained her Ph.D. in Gender and Development from the Department of Development Studies, SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies –University of London) in 2004. Dr. Jad is a senior researcher on gender issues in the Arab region and Palestine, and has done many consultations for different Palestinian ministries, international organizations, and NGOs. She is also a senior gender trainer. Dr. Jad is an Associate Professor working in the Cultural Studies Department and the MA program on Gender and Development at Birzeit University in Palestine. Currently, Dr. Jad is a Campbell Resident Scholar at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is fluent in Arabic, English, and French.

Research Project: The Politics of Group Weddings in Palestine: Political and Gender Tensions


Selected Publications:

  • The ‘NGOisation’ of the Arab Women’s Movement, IDS Bulletin, Sussex University Press, October 2003.
  • Mobilization without Sovereignty in the Oslo Period, in SherifaZuhur, Women and Gender in the Islamic World, Berkeley: UCIA and UC Press, 2003.
  • Islamist Women of Hamas: A New Women’s Movement? In FereshtehNouraie-Simone (ed.) On Shifting Ground; Muslim Women in a Global Era, Feminist Press, 2005.
  • Women at the Cross-Roads, (in Arabic), Muwatin Institute for the Study of Democracy. Palestine.
  • Arab Human Development Report (2005): Women’s Empowerment, UNDP, New York. Launched on December 2006.


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