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Amal Awad: The Curiosity of Arab Women

Session Info:

Amal Awad was tired of seeing books that explored the lives of Arab women from a western perspective. She set out to interview women of Arab heritage from both the Middle East and in Australia, as a Palestinian-Australian woman herself.

Amal Awad talks about the fascination with Arab women and their lives; the misconceptions that abound; and how Arab women respond in her upcoming book, Beyond Veiled Clichés – The Real Lives of Arab Women.

Topics Covered

  • The clichés about Arabs
  • The popular images of Arab women in popular culture media and literature
  • The exoticisation of Arab women – and their repression
  • Arab women talk about themselves
  • Primary themes of the book
  • How Arab women differ in Australia to the Arab world ‘East verses West’



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