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Joel Abdelmoez

Doctoral Student

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Deviants, Queers or Scissoring Sisters of Men? : Translating and Locating Queer and Trans Feminisms in the Arab World


  • Joel W. Abdelmoez


  • Sandra D'Urso
  • Tiina Rosenberg
  • Anna Renée Winget

Summary, in English

This chapter provides an overview of LGBTQ+ organizations and movements in the Arabic-speaking world, as well as central themes and debates, including different strategies taken in translating terminology and developing a vocabulary to speak about nonnormative sex, gender, and identification in Arabic. Treating translation as performance, emphasizing the political impact of terminology, and viewing queer and trans activism through a performative lens, the chapter brings clarity to the controversy about increased queer visibility and the proliferation of LGBTQ+ rights discourse in the Arabic-speaking world.

Publishing year





Palgrave Handbook of Queer and Trans Feminisms in Contemporary Performance

Document type

Book chapter


Palgrave Macmillan


  • Gender Studies
  • Political Science


  • Arabic-speaking world
  • Language
  • LGBTQ-movement
  • Terminology
  • translation as performance
  • translation as activism