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Jad Islah

Country of origin: Palestine Currently in: Palestine, Ramallah General field of specialization: Social and Economic Sciences
Academic Background


2004 Doctorate Social and Economic Sciences
1979 Doctorate Social and Economic Sciences
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities


Marriage and Divorce in the Arab Region. Palestinian women activism. Gender and Development in the Arab Region.

Publications resulting from Research: 

• Jad, Islah (2019) Gender in a Fragmented non-Sovereignty in (ed.) Deniz Kandiyoti, Women, Islam and the State Revisited. Edinburgh University Press.
• Jad, Islah (2018) Author of Palestinian Women’s Activism: Nationalism, Secularism, Islamism, Syracuse University Press.
• Jad, Islah (Forthcoming) Family Ties: Pathways to Political Office? In (ed.) Suad Joseph, Syracuse University Press.
• Jad, Islah (2018) “Arab Family Studies, Palestine: 1930-2013”, in (ed.) Suad Joseph, Doha International Family Institute. Qatar.
• Jad, Islah (2018) “Modernizing Palestinian Women: Between Colonialism and Nationalism – Reflections on the 19’60s and the 19’70s, in Martin Klimke ( (ed.) Routledge Handbook of the Global Sixties. Routledge.
• Jad, Islah (2014) Between Religion and Secularism: Islamist Women of Hamas, in (ed.) Fereshteh Nouraie-Simone, On Shifting Ground: Muslim Women in the Global Era, The Feminist Press, The City University of New York. NY
• Jad, Islah (2014) “Local Power and Women’s Empowerment in a Conflict Context: Palestinian Women Contesting Power in Chaos”, in (ed.) Mariz Tadrus , Women in Politics: Gender, Power and Development, Zed Books, London.
• Jad, Islah (2014) Women at the Crossroads: The Palestinian Women's Movement between Nationalism, Secularism and Islamism, Dar al Farabi, Beirut. Second Edition and updated version in Arabic.
• Islah, Jad (2013) “The Debate on Islamism and Secularism”, in (eds.) Rochelle Davis and Mimi Kirk, Palestine and the Palestinians in the 21st Century, Indiana University Press.
• Jad, Islah (2012) "النسوية بين العلمانية والاسلامية: حالة فلسطين (الضفة الغربية وغزة)"، في سعيد المقدسي، جين و صيداوي رضا رفيف و بيومي نهى، النسوية العربية رؤية نقدية، مركز دراسات الوحدة العربية وتجمع الباحثات اللينانيات، بيروت.
• Jad, Islah (2011) “Islam and Feminism: Response to Hania Sholkami”, Contestation: Dialogues on Women’s Empowerment, Issue No. 1, Posted by Contestations / Dialogues on Women’s Empowerment on January 26, 2011 at 12:44 pm,
• Jad, Islah (2011) Jad, Islah (2011) Islamism and Secularism: Between State Instrumentalisation and Opposition Islamic Movements, IDS Bulletin, Institute of Development Studies, Vol. 42, No. 1: 40-46
• Jad, Islah (2011) “Gender, Youth and Institutional Support in the Occupied Palestinian Territories”, in (eds) Ennaji, Moha and Sadiqi, Fatima, Gender and Violence in the Middle East, Routledge, London& New York.
• Jad, Islah (2011) “The Post Oslo Palestine and Gendering Palestinian Citizenship”, Ethnicities, Volume 11 Number 3. September 2011: 360-373
• Jad, Islah (2010) “Palestinian Women Contesting Power in Chaos”, IDS Bulletin, Vol. 41, Issue No. 5. Institute of Development Studies (IDS) Sussex University. UK.
• Islah Jad (2010) “The Demobilization of a Palestinian Women’s Movement: From Empowered Active Militants to Powerless and Stateless “Citizens””, in (ed.) Amrita Basu, Women’s Movements in the Global Era: The Power oLocal Feminisms, Westview Press, Colorado: 343-375

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
Teaching Ph.D, MA courses on gender and development issues and BA courses in Cultural Studies.

Workshop and Conference Attended

I attended many conferences and workshops


2017 – Now Member of the Selection Committee for the Arab Council for Social Sciences’ Postdoc Award
Arab Family Working Group
Prizes, Grants and Awards

Other Awards

Jun 2024
included in the C.V

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