Al-Raida Journal

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Al-raida first appeared in May 1976, 3 years after the founding of the first institute for women’s studies in the Arab world (i.e. IWSAW). It started off as a thin newsletter consisting of a dozen stenciled pages, with the modest and limited purpose of reporting on the activities of IWSAW. With time, however, al-raida grew in size and scope, a development that was also gradually reflected in its appearance. Whereas initially it consisted mostly of profiles of women, conference reports, and summaries of studies, by the mid 1980s an important addition was made, i.e. research-based articles, thus making a qualitative and quantitative leap in terms of content and mandate. By 1994, al-raida reached a new level of maturity with the introduction of a specialized section or “file” which focuses on cutting edge themes and often controversial issues related to women in the Arab world. In 2002, and in line with the technological advances that swept the publishing world in the last decade, the Institute made al-raida available online in both English and Arabic, thus allowing researchers and activists worldwide to have easy and instantaneous access to it. In 2007, al-raida was revamped in both appearance and content. It became smaller in size and new sections were introduced, namely the “young scholars” section and an original “book reviews” section.
More than three decades after its first appearance, in 2013, al-raida was turned into a biannual interdisciplinary peer-reviewed academic journal that contains scholarly articles of international standards as well as non-academic articles. Al-raida will thus continue to invite submissions that enrich the debate on women in the Arab world, whether in the form of interviews, opinion pieces, testimonials, short stories, poems, or essays.

Vol 42, No 2 (2018)

Table of Contents

Research article

Education in Diversity – Diversity in Education: Students with Visual Disabilities in the Sultanate of Oman 1-21
Annemarie Profanter, Rebecka Näslund, Shariffa Al-Said  


Parental Policies: A Catalyst for Gender Equality in the Arab Region 22 - 32
Mehrinaz El Awady  
Family Violence in Men’s Accounts: Implications for Action 33-56
Azza Charara Baydoun  
Speaking About The Unspoken: Saudi Culture and Islamic Law in Antony Thomas’s Docudrama Death of a Princess 57 - 86
Amany El-Sawy  
(Re)defining the First Mark of Development: Lebanese Feminist Discourse in Al-Raida, 1976–1985 87 - 112
Nicole Khoury  

ISSN: 0259-9953

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