Women and War in Lebanon

Women and War in Lebanon

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University of Florida Press

"This work is totally original; indeed, it pioneers a new field. . . . A remarkable account of a dimension of war that is much neglected. . . . It is deeply passionate yet non-judgmental. It raises profound questions about the pacific ‘nature’ of women as they find themselves in the painful circumstance of contradiction and crisis. This book truly becomes an historical record of these tragic years."—Richard A. Lobban, Jr., Rhode Island College

These authors examine the impact on women of the 1975-90 civil war in Lebanon, the lengthiest and bloodiest in its recent history. While they describe war as a more potent oppressor of women than of men, they also credit it with offering women liberation from all forms of social strictures. The authors also refute the assumption that women are pacifists by nature, contending that women are as aggressive and militarily active as men, given the same conditions.

I. Introduction
1. Introduction
2. History of the War
3. Women before the War
II. The Public Sphere
4. Women in the Public Sphere, by Lamia Rustum Shehadeh
III. Creative Women
5. Mapping Peace, by Miriam Cooke
6. A Panorama of Lebanese Women Writers, 1975-1995, by Mona Takieddine Amyuni
7. Lebanon Mythologized or Lebanon Deconstructed: Two Narratives of National Consciousness, by Elise Salem Manganaro
8. Art, the Chemistry of Life, by Lamia Rustum Shehadeh
IV. Women at War
9. Women in the Lebanese Militias, by Lamia Rustum Shehadeh
10. Lebanese Shii Women and Islamism: A Response to War, by Maria Holt
11. Maman Aida--A Lebanese Godmother of the Combatants, by Kari H. Karame
12. From Gunpowder to Incense, by Jocelyn Khweiri
V. Foreign Women
13. Profiles of Foreign Women in Lebanon during the Civil War, by Mary Bentley Abu Saba
VI. Psychological Sequelae
14. War Trauma and Women, by Leila Farhood
15. Women and the Lebanon Wars: Depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, by Elie G. Karam
16. Gender Dual Diagnosis of Psychiatric Illness and Substance Abuse, by P. Yabroudi, E. G. Karam, A. Chami, A. Karam, M. Majdalani, and V. Zebouni
VII. Conclusion
A War of Survival, by E. G. Karam, N. Melhem and S. Saliba

Lamia Rustum Shehadeh is associate professor of cultural studies at the American University of Beirut. She is the editor of several collections of writings of the Arab historian Asad J. Rustum and has published articles in International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Al-Raida, and Feminist Issues.



Publisher: Gainesville, Fla. : University Press of Florida, ©1999
ISBN: 9780813023953
0813023955
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvi, 363 pages)
Additional Contributors: Shehadeh, Lamia Rustum 1940-

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