9780226006918

Gendered Paradoxes: Educating Jordanian Women in Nation, Faith, and Progress

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    9780226006918

  • ISBN10:

    0226006913

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-08-28
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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Summary

In 2005 the World Bank released a gender assessment of the nation of Jordan, a country that, like many in the Middle East, has witnessed dramatic social and gender transformations, in part by encouraging equal access to education for men and women. The resulting demographic picture there-highly educated women who still largely stay at home as mothers and caregivers-prompted the World Bank to label Jordan a "gender paradox." In Gendered Paradoxes, Fida Adely shows that assessment to be a fallacy, taking readers into the rarely seen halls of a Jordanian public school-the al-Khatwa High School for Girls-and revealing the dynamic lives of its students, for whom such trends are far from paradoxical. Through the lives of these students, Adely explores the critical issues young people in Jordan grapple with today: nationalism and national identity, faith and the requisites of pious living, appropriate and respectable gender roles, and progress. In the process she shows the important place of education in Jordan, one less tied to the economic ends of labor and employment that are so emphasized by the rest of the developed world. In showcasing alternative values and the highly capable young women who hold them, Adely raises fundamental questions about what constitutes development, progress, and empowerment-not just for Jordanians, but for the whole world.

Author Biography

Fida Adely is assistant professor and Clovis and Hala Salaam Maksoud Chair in Arab Studies at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction A Day in the Life of Nadap. 1
Ambiguous Times and Spacesp. 11
Jordan and the al-Khatwa Secondary School for Girls: People, Place, and Timep. 31
Performing Patriotism: Rituals and Moral Authority in a Jordanian High Schoolp. 57
Who Is a Good Muslim? Making Proper Faith in a Girls' High Schoolp. 83
Making Girls into Respectable Womenp. 111
Education for What? Women, Work, and Development in Jordanp. 137
Conclusionp. 161
Notesp. 177
Referencesp. 201
Indexp. 217
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