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2. Art and Architecture

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This chapter considers the sources available for the study of women and art and architecture in Islamic societies, as well as women as makers and users of art and architecture, and highlights examples of research that place gender questions at the center of studies of art and architecture. Today the institutional settings of the production of art and the practice of architecture allow the emergence of major women artists (Shirin Neshat, Mouna Hatoum), filmmakers (Annemarie Jacir, Moufida Tlatli, Assia Djebar), architects and theorists (Zaha Hadid), and performers and political activists (Shabana Azmi, Hend Al-Mansour). Two main issues concern women as users of architecture: spaces meant specifically for women, and the regulation of women's use of public spaces. The space most commonly associated with women in Islamic societies is the harem. The architecture and the practice of space in Islamic societies provide opportunities to theorize issues of visibility and invisibility.

Keywords: Annemarie Jacir; architecture; art; harem; Islamic societies; Mouna Hatoum; women; Zaha Hadid



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