Body Politics

Next Tuesday, 19 January, Women Unlimited will release (at the India International Centre, New Delhi) the English translation of Suad Amiry's very personal and political history of Palestine, through the lives of- as she puts it- one of the PLO women’s generation.

Amiry is an architect, and Founder-Director of RIWAQ: the Centre for Architectural Conservation in Ramallah. After growing up between Amman, Damascus, Beirut and Cairo, she went on to study architecture at the American University of Beirut and the Universities of Michigan and Edinburgh. She has been living in Ramallah since 1981; she participated in the 1991–1993 Israeli-Palestinian Peace negotiations in Washington.

The title, MENOPAUSAL PALESTINE: Women at the Edge begs the question: Palestine, menopausal? Can a women’s condition called ‘change of life’ afflict a state-in-the-making? Suad Amiry’s wacky, irreverent, unmistakably political account links the state of Palestine to the lives of ten women for whom Palestine—or its absence—was the centrifugal force around which their lives revolved.

For 40 years, from the 1967 war till Hamas’ victory in 2006, the women in this book shared a past and unfulfilled dreams and aspirations. With that victory, however, they now mourn the loss of a diverse Arab culture, of secularism and pluralism, and their replacement by what Amiry calls ‘local nationalism’ and ‘global religious fundamentalism’.

In our Politics and Gender Studies sections, Rs 250, in paperback, 180 pages. ISBN: 9788188965595