Review of Snow in Amman: An Anthology of Short Stories


This post is crossposted at the writer's blog. Snow in Amman: An Anthology of Short Stories is a collection of eleven contemporary short stories from Jordan translated and edited by Ibtihal Mahmoud and Alexander Hadded, with a foreword by Samir Al Sharif which provides a very brief overview of the Jordanian short story for the reader unfamiliar with the literature.As this anthology is aimed to introduce the reader to the Jordanian short story, it could have benefited from a little more of … [Read more...]

Will Jordanian Hind Al Fayez Sit Down? A Look at the Trending Hashtag #Sit_Down_Hind

Hind Al Fayez. [Source].

Women's participation in the Jordanian political scene has always been a controversial one. Several women in Jordanian political history have made news because of their strong political opposition to their male counterparts' dominance. The most famous one was Toujan Al-Faisal, who was Jordan's first female member of parliament. In 2002, Al-Faisal made it to the news headlines after she published an open letter to King Abdullah II, accusing the government of corruption. She was arrested and … [Read more...]

Film Review: Solar Mamas

Rafea. [Source].

Last week, PBS aired the premiere of Solar Mamas, an inspiring documentary of one woman's journey to transform her life after being offered the opportunity to become a solar-energy engineer. Ehnad is a 32-year-old mother, and a second wife to an unemployed husband; she lives in one of Jordan’s poorest desert villages. With only five years of formal education, she used to spend her days living off a meagre government assistance fund in a d … [Read more...]

Power Laced with Femininity: Stereotypes and Female Bodybuilders

Becca Swanson, bodybuilder, power-lifter, and pro-wrestler (who has been called "The Strongest Woman on the Planet") writes on her site that she has "a burning desire to show the world my powerful physique laced with beauty and femininity." This self-consciously anti-oxymoronic statement reflects the fact that female bodybuilders have often been subject to the most extreme form of antipathy against athletic women, as a result of the stereotype which labels physically powerful women as … [Read more...]