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The War Against Rape as a Weapon of War

March 1, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Speaker: miriam cooke, Duke University

Rape has always been part of war, but in the 20th century as military technology increased the scale of warfare so did the rate of rape. During the 1990s, the Serb rape camps holding Bosnian Muslim women in sexual bondage and then the rape camps of the Rwandan Genocide galvanized international action. The ICC trials led to the declaration that rape in war constitutes a crime against humanity. Activists were elated, yet rape remains an authorized weapon of war. This talk will focus on the most alarming case of the 21st century: Islamic State and Fatwa 64, known as the Rape Handbook.

miriam cooke is Braxton Craven Professor of Arab Cultures at Duke University. She has been a visiting professor in Tunisia,Romania, Indonesia, Qatar and Alliance of Civilizations Institute in Istanbul. She serves on several international advisoryboards, including academic journals and institutions. Since coming to Duke University she has taught Arabic language and awide variety of courses on Arabic literature, war and gender, the Palestine-Israel conflict, postcolonial theory. She has directedseveral study abroad courses in Morocco, Tunisia, Cairo and Istanbul.

This presentation is sponsored by the John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies and the Duke University Middle East Studies Center. A light lunch will be served. Parking is available in nearby Trent Rd. and Erwin Rd. parking decks. The series provides 1 hour parking vouchers to guests.


March 1, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall
2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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