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Arab Family Studies: Critical Reviews

Arab Family Studies: Critical Reviews REVIEW Suad Joseph, ed. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2018 614 pages. ISBN 9780815654247 Reviewed by RANDA TAWIL Many scholars take for granted that family relations make up an essential part of social and political life in the Middle East, yet few scholars use “family” as a central analytic in their study. Considering the fall of patrilinear governments like those of Kaddafi, Mubarak, and Hussein, and the continued emigrations from Syria and Libya among other countries, an examination of the changing meaning of family appears a prerequisite for any study of the region. For this reason, Suad Joseph’s extensive edited volume Arab Family Studies: Critical Reviews is an important resource for scholars and policy makers who study the Arabic-speaking world. While at times uneven, the volume is nevertheless a good starting point for scholars and students interested in family studies, as well as a persuasive argu- ment for family as a critical field of scholarship. Joseph, an accomplished social scientist who has studied families in Lebanon for more than twenty years, assembled dozens of leading scholars in the fields of history, political science, anthropology, and sociology to gather scholarly literature on the family for each country in the Arab http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Middle East Women's Studies Duke University Press

Arab Family Studies: Critical Reviews

Journal of Middle East Women's Studies , Volume 16 (1) – Mar 1, 2020

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Copyright © 2020 by the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies
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1552-5864
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1558-9579
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10.1215/15525864-8016533
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REVIEW Suad Joseph, ed. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2018 614 pages. ISBN 9780815654247 Reviewed by RANDA TAWIL Many scholars take for granted that family relations make up an essential part of social and political life in the Middle East, yet few scholars use “family” as a central analytic in their study. Considering the fall of patrilinear governments like those of Kaddafi, Mubarak, and Hussein, and the continued emigrations from Syria and Libya among other countries, an examination of the changing meaning of family appears a prerequisite for any study of the region. For this reason, Suad Joseph’s extensive edited volume Arab Family Studies: Critical Reviews is an important resource for scholars and policy makers who study the Arabic-speaking world. While at times uneven, the volume is nevertheless a good starting point for scholars and students interested in family studies, as well as a persuasive argu- ment for family as a critical field of scholarship. Joseph, an accomplished social scientist who has studied families in Lebanon for more than twenty years, assembled dozens of leading scholars in the fields of history, political science, anthropology, and sociology to gather scholarly literature on the family for each country in the Arab

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Journal of Middle East Women's StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Mar 1, 2020

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