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Lebanese Women at the Crossroads: Caught between Sect and Nation

Lebanese Women at the Crossroads: Caught between Sect and Nation Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/jmews/article-pdf/18/2/290/1621711/290broderick.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 12 August 2022 REVIEW Nelia Hyndman-Rizk Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2020 xxi + 147 pages. ISBN 9781498522748 Reviewed by KYLIE BRODERICK Lebanese Women at the Crossroads is an incisive intervention into a series of questions that Nelia Hyndman-Rizk calls the “women’s rights puzzle” in Lebanon (114): Why is women’s political representation so low in Lebanon? Why is women’s participation in the labor force relatively thin, even though they are highlyeducated inaggregate? Whycan Lebanese women not pass Lebanese citizenship on to their children? In facing these questions, Hyndman-Rizk asks whether introducing a secular nationality and civic marriage law would solve the many legal, political, social, and economic contradictions that women face in Lebanon. Although it would not be a panacea, it would nevertheless guarantee that “citizenship status will be absolute, irrespective of sect or gender, rather than relational based upon sect and gender” (114). The first part of the book, “Formations” (introd.–chap. 3), is a broad overview (based on original research and a wide range of secondary sources) of the ways that Lebanese people, specifically Lebanese women, have been constructed under differing legal regimes between the nineteenth and the twenty-first centuries. It examines http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Middle East Women's Studies Duke University Press

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1552-5864
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1558-9579
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10.1215/15525864-9767912
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Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/jmews/article-pdf/18/2/290/1621711/290broderick.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 12 August 2022 REVIEW Nelia Hyndman-Rizk Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2020 xxi + 147 pages. ISBN 9781498522748 Reviewed by KYLIE BRODERICK Lebanese Women at the Crossroads is an incisive intervention into a series of questions that Nelia Hyndman-Rizk calls the “women’s rights puzzle” in Lebanon (114): Why is women’s political representation so low in Lebanon? Why is women’s participation in the labor force relatively thin, even though they are highlyeducated inaggregate? Whycan Lebanese women not pass Lebanese citizenship on to their children? In facing these questions, Hyndman-Rizk asks whether introducing a secular nationality and civic marriage law would solve the many legal, political, social, and economic contradictions that women face in Lebanon. Although it would not be a panacea, it would nevertheless guarantee that “citizenship status will be absolute, irrespective of sect or gender, rather than relational based upon sect and gender” (114). The first part of the book, “Formations” (introd.–chap. 3), is a broad overview (based on original research and a wide range of secondary sources) of the ways that Lebanese people, specifically Lebanese women, have been constructed under differing legal regimes between the nineteenth and the twenty-first centuries. It examines

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Journal of Middle East Women's StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Jul 1, 2022

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