Feroza Jussawalla, Professor Emerita of British and Irish Literary Studies, and Doaa Omran, recent alumna and current Adjunct Faculty, co-edited a special issue of Women Studies: an Interdisciplinary Journal (Taylor& Francis). Their issue was released in the spring and was titled Muslim Women Speaking Persistently (Vol. 51, issue 2). They were invited by the journal to co-edit this special issue after their panel and presentation at the virtual MLA 2021. The volume includes a co-authored introduction by Jussawalla and Omran, as well as individual articles. Jussawalla published, “Seaming Sisterhood/Seaming Seams: South Asian Muslim Women in London– Community among Precarity” and Omran published, “Wallāda Bint al-Mustakfi: A Muslim Princess Speaking Passionately and Persistently in the ‘Palimpsest’ of al-Andalus” Their articles are joined by eight other articles, five book reviews, and an interview that explore Muslim women in the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the diaspora.
Jussawalla and Omran additionally co-organized a panel for “Decentering the Irish World: Contemporary and New Directions In Global Irish Studies,” a symposium organized by the British University in Egypt. Their virtual panel was titled, “Comparative Partitions” and included scholars who discussed similar partitions in Mexico, India, Palestine, Syria, and Sarajevo.