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3. Cultural Studies

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This chapter begins with the first question as a way of framing the field of cultural studies from the outset, before moving on to the second question as a way of sketching the constellation of fields and sub-fields that are integrally connected to cultural studies. Having drawn a general map of the field vis-à-vis its engagement with women and Islamic cultures, the chapter ends by focusing on the major works that have defined the field (and its related sub-fields). The presence of early cultural studies scholarship at Middle East Studies Association (MESA) has more to do with its fit within the regional rubric offered by the association, since the methodological or epistemological framework of this scholarship was likely to be misunderstood. Another key arena in which cultural studies scholarship has emerged is in the field of film studies. In this realm, Ella Shohat's work has played a formative role.

Keywords: cultural studies; Ella Shohat; epistemological framework; film studies; Islamic cultures; Middle East Studies Association (MESA); women



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