A new book that explores identity, space and resistance from an Arab feminist view will launch this month.
Min Fami: Arab Feminist Reflections on Identity, Space and Resistance, published by Inanna Publications, is edited by Ghadeer Malek and Ghaida Moussa, a PhD student in social and political thought at York University.
The launch will take place Wednesday, May 21, from 6 to 9pm, at Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street in Toronto. It promises to be an evening of readings, refreshments and revelry.
The editors “have gathered together powerful literary and political analyses, moving fiction, personal essays and visual art, fierce and loving poetry – work by Arab women from the world over – who inscribe this moment in its dense and hewn multiplicities, who refuse its violence and excavate its violent erasures, and holding faith with over one hundred years of Arab feminisms, who turn toward that which cannot be known, and that which yet must be faced,” says Trish Salah, author of Wanting in Arabic and Lyric Sexology, Vol. 1.
“This book is extraordinary, passionate, and hopeful, even as it knows its work is battle and mourning as much as making a space for being and beauty.”
Moussa is a scholar, educator and dj who is passionately drawn to creative articulations of resistance, identity, memory and space. Malek is a Palestinian feminist activist, aspiring writer and spoken word poet. She currently coordinates the Young Feminist Activism Program at the Association of Women’s Right in Development and is pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Toronto. She is also co-founder and editor of Aqsazine.