Center for Contemporary Arab Studies professor Mr. Orfalea

Orfalea, Gregory. “Obama and the Middle East” (Antioch Review, 2008)

In “Obama and the Middle East” (copyright 2008 by the Antioch Review), Mr. Orfalea explores the question of whether Barack Obama has “the toughness, the resoluteness, and yes, the physical bravery…to do what has to be done to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace.” He does this by examining the trajectory of Obama’s attitude toward the problem.

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Tucker, Judith E. Women, Family, and Gender in Islamic Law. (Cambridge University Press, 2008)

In what ways has Islamic law discriminated against women and privileged men? What rights and power have been accorded to Muslim women, and how have they used the legal system to enhance their social and economic position? In an analysis of Islamic law through the prism of gender, Judith E. Tucker tackles these complex questions relating to the position of women in Islamic society, and to the ways in which the legal system shaped the family, property rights, space, and sexuality from classical and medieval times to the present.