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Dr. Islah Jad

• Islah Jad (Hossneya Gad) is an Associate Professor, Jad is a lecturer on gender issues and politics at the Women's Studies Institute and Cultural Studies Institute of Bir Zeit University, where she was its director from 2008-2013. She is a founding member of its women’s studies MA program. She has written books and papers on the role of women in politics, Palestinian women and the relationships among them, Islam, and NGOs. Dr. Jad is also a consultant on gender issues to the United tions Development Programme and is co-author of the UN's Arab Development Report on Women's Empowerment and author of two books. • 1-Palestinian Female Headed Households, MAS, Rmallah, 2002. • 2-Women at the Crossroads: The Palestinian Women's Movement between tiolism, Secularism and Islamism, Syracuse University Press 2018. • Dr. Jad received her Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London in 2004.

Doctorate, SOAS University of London
Current or most recent Employer

Associate Professor

Bir Zeit University
Time in Post - 8

Organisation Type: University

Regional Expertise

Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, State of Palestine, Syrian Arab Republic,

Disciplinary or professional background

Development Studies, Political science, Policy/political advocacy (including human rights), Social/Public Policy


Arabic (Spoken), Arabic (Written), Arabic (Primary Writing Language), English (Spoken), English (Written), French (Spoken), French (Written), Other* (Spoken),
Other *English

Contact Info


Bir Zeit University. Women's Studies Institute.
Public Profiles

Current Areas of Policy Interest

Inequality ( 20 years )

Governance (National) ( 20 years )

Governance (Local Governance and Decentralization) ( 15 years )

Family policy ( 25 years )

Gender equality

Work relates to groups

Youth ( 3 years )

Women ( 25 years )

Areas of Policy Interest over the last ten years

Areas of Policy Interest researched, programmes designed and/or delivered in the last ten years


Governance (National)

Governance (Local & Decentralization)

Gender equality

Labour and employment polices

Conflict & Security


Academic publications
Palestinian Women’s Activism: tiolism, Secularism, Islamism

Academic conferences
many conferences