Residential Faculty Research Fellows

Spring 2023 Dresher Center Faculty Research Fellows

A black and white image of Haniyeh Barahouie, a Middle Eastern woman. She is standing outside and smiling.

Haniyeh  Barahouie
Assistant Professor, Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication
Spring 2023 Residential Faculty Research Fellow

Project: “Au delà de toutes limites: Francophone Graphic Novels in the Middle East and North Africa by Women”

This project explores how Francophone women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) used graphic novel (Bande Dessinée) as a tool for loosening the perceived limits between cultures, geographies, genders, tradition, and mediums. The authors in this study unite opposing perspectives through their trans creations: complex Franco-Middle Eastern/Franco-Maghrebi identities that come together as an integral part of a contemporary transnational body. Their complex literary/artistic creations relate to issues that have regional, national, and global interest, such as identity search, the perception of women’s body in the West and patriarchal Islamic societies, war and fear, unity between religious faiths, the perception of Islamic veil, and more. This project not only provides a new perspective on the medium of graphic novels in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), but also sheds light on the politics of the contemporary MENA world, where graphic novels continue to structure debates about evolving politico-cultural relationships within MENA and with the West.

Noor Zaidi, a Middle Eastern woman with long dark hair, is smiling. She is wearing a red top with small white flowers printed on it. She is standing outside.

Noor Zaidi
Assistant Professor, History
Spring 2023 Residential Faculty Research Fellow

Project: “Translations of Zaynab: Gender, Sectarianism, and Citizenship in Shi’a Islam”

“Translations of Zaynab: Gender, Sectarianism, and Citizenship in Shi’a Islam” is a historical project that analyzes the physical and narrative spaces in which Shi’a Muslim sectarian identity has been created in the 20th century. It uses the figure of Zaynab bint ‘Ali, a seminal figure in the history of Shi’a Islam, to trace how questions of gender, sectarianism, citizenship, and nationalism have been articulated in Syria, Pakistan, and Iraq. By bringing together countries that are rarely discussed in comparative frameworks and looking at shrines and prisons, this project explores the process of imagining, making, and contesting sectarian spaces. Through oral histories, personal documents, photographs, government records, religious texts, visual culture, and hagiographies, “Translations of Zaynab” provides a transnational framework for understanding how communities produce sectarianism in local conditions and through gendered interactions.


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