SOAS University of London

Centre for Gender Studies

Nadje Al-Ali

PhD (London)
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Nadje Al-Ali
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Professor Nadje Al-Ali
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Professor Nadje Al Ali's Inaugural Lecture: On Not Travelling Lightly: Transnational feminist journeys to and from the Middle East


Programmes Convened
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PhD Students supervised
  • Aida Al Kaisy, A comparative study of the production practices of the mass media of a country in conflict, Iraq.
  • Ayse Arslan, Low-Paid Industrial Workers in the Garment Industry, Un-Paid House-Workers in the Family: Women Workers in Turkey/Izmir
  • Haje Keli, An analysis of the gender-based violence in Iraqi Kurdistan – state, society and family violence [working title]
  • Haya Al -Noaimi, ‘The Protectors of Our Nation’: Discourses of Protection and the Construction of Masculinities in the Qatari and Emirati Militaries
  • Isabel Käser , Militant Femininity: The PKK-led Women's Movement in the Kurdish Middle East – A Transnational Analysis
  • Jana Cattien, The dialectics of universality and particularity in contemporary 'western' liberalism; or: liberalism's 'cultural' turn? (working title)
  • Magdalena Suerbaum, Mosaics of masculinity - Gendering the experience of male Syrian refugees in Egypt
  • Michelle Lokot, Unraveling humanitarian narratives: Syrian gender norms in contestation
  • S. Paniz Musawi Natanzi, Visual Art Production in War: A Feminist Geopolitical Analysis of Self-reflective Masculinities in Art-Producing Spaces in West Kabul, Afghanistan from 2014-2018



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Authored Books

Al-Ali, Nadje and Pratt, Nicola (2009) What kind of Liberation? Women and the Occupation in Iraq. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2009) Mujeres iraquíes. Historias nunca contadas desde 1948 hasta la actualidad. Barcelona: Sirpus.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2007) Iraqi Women: Untold Stories From 1948 to the Present. London; New York: Zed Books.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2006) Al-‘almaniya, al-naw wa al-dawla fi shark al-awsat: al-haraka al-nissaiya fi’ misr.. Cairo, Egypt: Supreme Council of Culture.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2000) Secularism, Gender & the State in the Middle East: The Egyptian Women's Movement. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Al-Ali, Nadje (1994) Gender Writing/Writing Gender: The representation of women in a selection of modern Egyptian literature. Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press.


Al-Ali, Nadje and Tas, Latif (2018) 'Clashes, collaborations and convergences: evolving relations of Turkish and Kurdish women’s rights activists'. Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, pp 1-15.

Al-Ali, Nadje and Tas, Latif (2018) 'Reconsidering nationalism and feminism: the Kurdish political movement in Turkey'. Nations and Nationalism, (24) 2.

Al-Ali, Nadje and Tas, Latif (2017) '“War is like a Blanket…:” Feminist Convergences in Kurdish and Turkish Women’s Rights Activism for Peace'. Journal of Middle East Women's Studies, (13) 3, pp 354-375.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2016) 'Sexual violence in Iraq: Challenges for transnational feminist politics'. European Journal of Women’s Studies, pp 1-18.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2013) 'Feminist Dilemmas in (Counter-)revolutionary Egypt'. Nordic Journal of Feminist and gender Research, (21) 4, pp 312-316.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2012) 'Gendering the Arab Spring'. Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, (5) 1, pp 26-31.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2011) 'Iraqi Women: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives'. Orient: German Journal for Politics, Economics and Culture in the Middle East, (52), pp 32-38.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2011) 'A Feminist Perspective on the Iraq War'. Works & Days, (29), pp 99-114.

Al-Ali, Nadje and Pratt, Nicola (2011) 'Conspiracy of Near Silence: Violence against Iraqi Women'. Middle East Report (MERIP), (258), pp 34-37.

Al-Ali, Nadje and Pratt, Nicola (2011) 'Between Nationalism and Women’s Rights: the Kurdish Women’s Movement in Iraq'. Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, (4) 3, pp 339-355.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2008) 'Iraqi Women and Gender Relations: Redefining Difference'. British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, (35) 3, pp 405-419.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2008) 'The Perils of Forgetting History [Anthropology in Conflict: An Exchange]'. Survival; global politics and strategy, (50) 3, pp 151-155.

Al-Ali, Nadje and Pratt, Nicola (2008) 'Women organizing and the Conflict in Iraq since 2003'. Feminist Review, (88), pp 74-85.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2008) 'A blind eye on women'. Comment is Free - The Guardian blog.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2007) 'Contextualizing the Plight of Iraqi Women'. ISIMReview - international institute for the study of islam in the modern world, (20), pp 28-29.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2007) 'Iraq's Women Under Pressure'. Le Monde Diplomatique 05/05/2007.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2007) 'Iraqi Women - Four Years after the Invasion'. Foreign Policy in Focus 14th March.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2007) 'Iraqi Women in Diasporic Spaces: Political Mobilization, Gender & Citizenship'. Revue des mondes musulmans et de la Méditerranée, special issue L’Irak en Perspective, (Summer) 117-118, pp 137-156.

Al-Ali, Nadje and Pratt, Nicola (2006) 'Women in Iraq: Beyond the Rhetoric'. MERIP : Middle East Report No. 23, pp 18-23.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2006) 'Iraq: The Women's Story'. Dispatches (Channel 4 website) 08 May 200.

Al-Ali, Nadje and Pratt, Nicola (2006) 'Researching Women in Post-Invasion Iraq: Negotiating 'Truth' and Deconstructing Dominant Discourses'. Bulletin of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies, (8) 1-2, pp 193-214.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2005) 'Gendering Reconstruction: Iraqi Women between Dictatorship, Wars, Sanctions and Occupation'. Third World Quarterly, (26) 4-5, pp 739-758.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2003) 'Gender & Civil Society in the Middle East'. International Feminist Journal of Politics, (5) 2, pp 216-232.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2002) 'Gender relations, transnational ties and rituals amongst Bosnian refugees'. Global networks: a journal of transnational affairs, (2) 3, pp 249-262.

Al-Ali, Nadje and Black, Richard and Koser, Khalid (2001) 'Refugees and transnationalism: the experience of Bosnians and Eritreans in Europe'. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, (7) 4, pp 615-634.

Al-Ali, Nadje and Black, Richard and Koser, Khalid (2001) 'The limits to transnationalism: Bosnian and Eritrean refugees in Europe as emerging transnational communities'. Ethnic and Racial Studies, (24) 4, pp 578-600.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2000) 'Women and Sanctions in Iraq'. Economic Sanctions on Iraq.

Al-Ali, Nadje and El-Kholy, Heba (1999) 'Inside\Out: the Native and the Halfie Unsettled'. Cairo Papers in Social Science, (22) 2, pp 14-40.

Edited Books or Journals

Al-Ali, Nadje and Al-Najjar, Deborah, (eds.), (2013) We Are Iraqis: Aesthetics and Politics in a Time of War. Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press. (Contemporary Issues in the Middle East).

Amir-Moazami, Schirin and Jacobsen, Christine and Malik, Maleiha and Al-Ali, Nadje, (eds.), (2011) Islam in Europe.. London: Palgrave. (Special Issue Feminist Review 98 (1)).

Al-Ali, Nadje and Pratt, Nicola, (eds.), (2009) Women and War in the Middle East. London; New York: Zed Books.

Al-Ali, Nadje and Koser, Khalid, (eds.), (2002) New Approaches to Migration: Transnationalism and Transformations of Home. London; New York: Routledge. (Routledge Research in Transnationalism).

Book Chapters

Al-Ali, Nadje (2018) 'Iraq'. In: Joseph, Suad, (ed.), Arab Family Studies: Critical Reviews. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, pp 153-169.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2017) 'Foreword'. The Political Thought of Abdullah Öcalan: Kurdistan, Women's Revolution and Democratic Confederalism. London: Pluto Press, pp vii-xvii. [Forthcoming]

Al-Ali, Nadje and Pratt, Nicola (2016) 'Gender, protest and political transition in the Middle East and North Africa'. In: Steans, Jill and Tepe-Belfrage, Daneila, (eds.), Handbook on Gender in World Politics. Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar, pp 127-136.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2012) 'The Iraqi Women's Movement: Past and Contemporary Perspectives'. In: Arenfeldt, Pernille and Golley, Nawar, (eds.), Mapping Arab Women's Movements: A Century of Transformations Within. Cairo: AUC Press, pp 93-110.

Al-Ali, Nadje and Pratt, Nicola (2011) 'Iraq's Triple Challenge: State, Nation, and Democracy'. In: Burnell, Peter and Randall, Vicky and Rakner, Lise, (eds.), Politics in the Developing World. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 406-416.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2010) 'The War on Terror and Women's Rights in Iraq'. In: Robben, Antonius C.G.M., (ed.), Iraq at a Distance: What Anthroplogists Can teach us About the War. University of Pennsylvania Press, pp 57-79.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2010) 'Diasporas and gender'. In: Knott, Kim and McLoughlin, Sean, (eds.), Diasporas: Concepts, Intersections, Identities. London & New York: Zed Books, pp 118-122.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2008) 'Afterword'. In: Al-Qazwini, Iqbal, (ed.), Zubaida's Window: A Novel of Iraqi Exile. New York: The Feminist Press at the City University of New York, pp 123-135.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2008) 'Women & gender in political transition in Iraq post-2003'. In: Gozzi, Gustavo and Salih, Ruba, (eds.), (RI)Construzione Politica, Societa Civile E Cooperazione In Medioriente. L'Harmattan Italia, pp 46-64.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2007) 'Gender, Diaporas and Post Cold war Conflict'. In: Smith, Hazel and Stares, Paul, (eds.), Diasporas in Conflict: Peace-Makers or Peace Wreckers?. New York: United Nations University Press, pp 39-62.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2006) 'Iraqi Women's Rights In Historical Perspective'. In: Simpson, Caroline, (ed.), Iraq - Women's Rights Under Attack: Occupation, Constitution & Fundamentalism. London: WLUML.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2006) 'The Enemy of my Enemy is not my Friend: Women’s Rights, Occupation and ‘Reconstruction’ in Iraq'. In: Yuval Davis, Nira and Kannabiran, Kalpana and Vieten, Ulrike, (eds.), The situated politics of belonging. Sage Publications.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2004) 'Secular Women’s Activism in Contemporary Egypt'. In: Imam, Ayesha and Morgan, Jenny and Yuval Davis, Nira, (eds.), Warning Signs of Fundamentalisms. London: Women Living Under Muslim Law, pp 144-157.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2004) 'Irakerinnen sind keine Opferlaemmer'. In: Goebel, Ruediger and Guillard, Joachim and Schiffmann, Michael, (eds.), Der Irak: Krieg, Besetzung, Widerstand. PapyRossa Verlag, pp 2000-2008.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2003) 'Gender Relations and Transnational Ties among Bosnian Refugees'. In: Bryceson, D. and Vuorela, U., (eds.), Forging New Frontiers in Europe: Transnational Families and their Global Networks. Oxford: Berg Publisher.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2003) 'Women, Gender Relations, and Sanctions in Iraq'. In: Inati, Shams, (ed.), Iraq: its history, people and politics. Amherst, N.Y.: Humanity Books.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2003) 'A mirror of political culture in contemporary Egypt: divisions and debates among women activists'. In: Kienle, Eberhard, (ed.), Politics from above, politics from below : the Middle East in the age of economic reform. London: Al-Saqi Books.

Al-Ali, Nadje and Hussein, Yasmin (2003) 'Iraq'. In: Mahdi, Akbar, (ed.), Teen life in the Middle East. Westport: Greenwood Publishing.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2002) 'Between Political Epochs and Personal Lives: formative experiences of Egyptian women activists'. In: Faye, Mary Ann, (ed.), Auto/biography and the Construction of Identity and Community in the Middle East. New York: Palgrave.

Al-Ali, Nadje and Koser, Khalid (2002) 'Transnationalism, international migration and home'. In: Al-Ali, Nadje and Koser, Khalid, (eds.), New approaches to migration? : transnational communities and the transformation of home. London; New York: Routledge, pp 1-14.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2002) 'Trans- or a-national: Bosnian refugees in the UK and the Netherlands'. In: Al-Ali, Nadje and Koser, Khalid, (eds.), New Approaches to Migration: Transnational Communities and the Transformation of Home. London; New York: Routledge, pp 96-117.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2000) 'We Are Not Feminists: Egyptian Women’s Rights Activists On Feminism'. In: Nelson, Cynthia and Rouse, Shahnaz, (eds.), Globalization And the Indigenization of Knowledge Debate: Comparative Perspectives. University of Florida Press, pp 337-358.

Al-Ali, Nadje (1997) 'Feminism and Contemporary Debates in Egypt'. In: Chatty, Dawn and Rabo, Anika, (eds.), Women Organized in Groups in the Middle East: formal and informal groups. Oxford & New York: Berg Publisher.

Monographs and Working Papers

Al-Ali, Nadje and Tas, Latif (2018) Dialectics of struggle: challenges to the Kurdish women's movement. London: London School of Economics; LSE Middle East Centre Paper Series 22.

Al-Ali, Nadje and Ali, Zahra and Isabel, Marler (2016) The new dynamics in the inclusion and empowerment of young women. In:The Arab Human Development Report 2016: Youth and the Prospects for Human Development in a Changing Reality. New York: United Nations Publications.

Al-Ali, Nadje and Al-Jeboury, Irada and Al-Enezy, Inass and Al-Dujaili, Huda (2012) Female Iraqi Academics In Post-Invasion Iraq: Roles, Challenges & Capacities. London.

Al-Ali, Nadje and Muhammed, Muzhda and Kareem, Hataw and Salih, Dlaram and Akreyi, Kawther (2012) Female Iraqi Academics In Iraqi Kurdistan: Roles, Challenges & Capacities. London: SOAS.

Fabos, Anita and Al-Ali, Nadje and El-Abed, Oroub (2005) Middle East. Developing DFID’s Policy Approach to Refugees. Oxford: Refugee Studies Centre; London: DFID.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2004) The Relationship between Migration within and from the Middle East and North-Africa and Pro-Poor Policies. Department for International Development.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2003) Women Migrant Organization and Citizenship in Europe. EU.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2002) Women’s Movements in the Middle East: Case Studies of Egypt and Turkey. Geneva: United Nations Research Institute for Social Development.

Book Reviews

Al-Ali, Nadje (2007) 'Review of "Dancing in the No Fly Zone: A Woman's Journey Through Iraq" by Hadani Ditmars'. Journal of Middle East Women's Studies, (3) 1, pp 128-130.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2000) 'Review article: Nationalisms, national identities and nation states: gendered perspectives'. Nations & Nationalism, (6) 4, pp 631-638.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2000) 'Review of "Sanctioning Saddam: The Politics of Intervention in Iraq" by Sarah Graham-Brown'. Journal of Refugee Studies, (13) 2, pp 234-235.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2000) 'Review of "Der neue Islam der Frauen: Weibliche Lebenspraxis in der globalisierten Moderne - Fallstudien aus Afrika, Asien und Europa" by Ruth Klein-Hessling; Sigrid Nökel; Karin Werner'. European Journal of Women's Studies, (7) 4, pp 523-525.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2000) 'Review of "Veil: Modesty, Privacy and Resistance" by Fadwa El Guindi'. The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, (6) 3, pp 543-544.

Al-Ali, Nadje (1999) 'Review of "The Pure and Powerful: Studies in Contemporary Muslim Society" by Nādya Abū-Zahra'. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, (5) 4, pp 633.

Al-Ali, Nadje (1998) 'Eurocentrism through the backdoor'. Soundings: a journal of politics and culture, (10), pp 71-75.

Al-Ali, Nadje (1997) 'Review of "Feminists, Islam and Nation" by Margot Badran'. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, (60) 2, pp 363-364.


Al-Ali, Nadje (2008) 'Iraqi Women Under Threat: Are honour killings being used as a weapon to subjugate women?'.


Al-Ali, Nadje and Wild Iris Media, and David, Perasso (2008) 'Iraqi Women: An Interview with Nadje Al-Ali'.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2005) 'Keynote: Nadje Al Ali (Speech from the World Tribunal on Iraq, Istanbul, Turkey, June 24-27, 2005)'.


Al-Ali, Nadje (2016) 'Gender, power and violence' The Middle East at SOAS - Centenary Edition, 12.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2016) 'How to Talk about Gender-Based Violence?' Kohl : A Journal for Body and Gender Research, 1.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2012) 'Why I am here?'.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2007) 'Talk: Iraqi Women- Untold Stories from 1948 to the Present'.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2007) 'US Out of Iraq Now? [Interviewed by Kiera Butler]' Mother Jones.

Al-Ali, Nadje (2005) 'The Enemy of My Enemy is not My Friend'.


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