Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Lalumiere Hall, 474
1310 W. Clybourn St.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
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Dr. Enaya Othman is Associate Professor at Marquette University. She is the founder of Arab and Muslim Women’s Research and Resource Institute (AMWRRI) and serves as the President of AMWRRI Board of Directors. She is also the editor-in-chief the Journal of Gender, Ethnic, and Cross-Cultural Studies.
Ph.D. Department of History, Marquette University.
Dr. Othman’s research interest focuses on Arab and Muslim feminism, immigration, and cultural encounter in colonial and diaspora contexts. With an interdisciplinary approach, her research aims to document and analyze women’s experiences by bringing history, migration, and feminist studies together. It has encompassed different contexts of cultural encounter in which women restored their voices and transformed gender roles.
A line of her research has investigated American Quaker education in Palestine and its influence on Palestinian women’s emancipatory desires. Using fine-grained analysis, she discovered the radical, moderate, and conservative ways Palestinian women sought to participate in community life. Her research in this area uncovered the manner in which Quaker education was received, translated, internalized, and responded to by Palestinian students. It generates insights into how these students changed their positions within their society’s structural power relations. Her book Negotiating Palestinian Womanhood: Encounters between Palestinian Women and American Missionaries, 1880s-1940s (2016) deals with the Friends Girls School as a site of interaction between Arab and American cultures.
Dr. Othman has further examined the intersectionality between gender, ethnicity, and religion among Arab and Muslim diaspora in the US to challenge the official historiography that marginalizes Muslim women immigrants. Through the Oral History Project led within AMWRRI, she collects, investigates, documents and discusses women’s self narratives to understand their construction and reconstruction of identities as well as creation of certain discourses and trends as a result of cultural encounters. Her second book Arranging Marriages: Muslim Women Transforming Gender Boundaries (forthcoming) look into the American Palestinian women’s transformative discourses and practices reflected in marriage patterns and family formation processes. Another line of her research on American Muslim women examines cultural stigma of disabilities with multi-year support from Marquette University’s Strategic Innovation Fund. This project aims to use narratives to understand the beliefs that create barriers for seeking and providing help for Milwaukee Muslim immigrants, especially women, and to produce a digital archive in which scholars, community members, and health care providers open discussion on the community beliefs.
Dr. Othman has been leading several projects and published articles on the use and reinterpretation of women’s cultural dress in the US as one of the ways by which women mediate between cultural identity and modernity and affirm their power and position. This research agenda concentrates on the meanings, politics, histories, and social relations embedded in cultural clothing and on women’s agency in regard to cultural clothing both in countries Palestine, Oman, and Jordan and their diaspora communities in the US.
She developed and acted as the principle organizer of the Milwaukee Public Museum exhibit: “Beyond the Veil: Dress, Identity and Tradition Through the Eyes of the Muslim and Arab Women of Greater Milwaukee.” She also developed and acted as the principle organizer of the Milwaukee Public Museum exhibit: “Beyond the Veil: Dress, Identity and Tradition Through the Eyes of the Muslim and Arab Women of Greater Milwaukee.”
Modern American History
Middle East and Islamic History
Immigration and American Ethnic History
Feminism, Gender, and Cultural Studies
"Palestinian American Women and Marital Choices Across Generations." Journal of American Ethnic History 40.1 (Fall 2020): 70-91.
Negotiating Palestinian Womanhood: Encounters Between Palestinian Women and American Missionaries, 1880s-1940s, September 2016 (Lexington, Rowman and Littlefield Press).
“Muslim Women in the Diaspora: Shaping Lives and Negotiating Their Marriages” In World of Diasporas: Different Perceptions on the Concept of Diaspora, edited by Harjinder Singh Majhail and Sinan Dogan. 111-123. Leiden: Brill, Dec. 2018.
“Deconstructing the Dogma of Domesticity: Quaker Education and Nationalism in British Mandate Palestine,” The Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, John Hopkins University Press, vol. 19 no. 1, 2018, (Spring 2018): 1-23
Encyclopedia Entry: “The Arab World Fest in Milwaukee,” in the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee (EMKE), June 2017.
“Strategies of Recognition’ and Palestinian Immigrant Women’s Cultural Dress:
Forging Communities and Negotiating Power Relations.” University of Leicester press, Journal of New Middle East Studies, 5 (2015): 1-15.
“Building a community Among Early Arab Immigrants in Milwaukee, 1890s-1960s,” Wisconsin Magazine of History, Vol., 96, No. 4, (Summer, 2013), pp. 38-49 .
“Meeting at Middle Ground: American Quaker Women’s Two Palestinian Encounters,” Jerusalem Quarterly, No. 50 (Summer 2012), pp. 47-65.
“Muslim fashion: contemporary Style Cultures,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol. 40 No. 8(Feb,2017), pp. 1377-1379
Book Manuscript in Progress: Arranging Marriages: Palestinian Women Transforming Gender Boundaries.
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