There Was No ‘Humble Task’ in the Revolution: Anti-Colonial Activity and Arab Women

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This contribution reevaluates the postcolonlal feminist narrative of Arab women's involvement in the decolonization process. While attentive to the existing literary and critical discourses surrounding women's complex positions in the moments and movements, the article identifies untheorised forms of resistance that have tended to remain invisible but are worthy of our attention. Working comparatively across Palestinian, Algerian and Tunisian contexts, the article explores the revolutionary potentials of women's intellectualism as an identifiable mode of struggle; of the category of the 'veteran' as one that offers a fresh way of conceiving of women's solidarity and revolutionary inheritance; and of varied conceptions of 'labour', which help us think differently about how it might be possible to 'work' towards revolution.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Edinburgh companion to the postcolonial Middle East
EditorsAnna Ball , Karim Mattar
Place of Publicationedinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781474427715
ISBN (Print)9781474427685
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 6 Feb 2018


  • postcolonial; Arab World; women;s studies; gender studies


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