Details

Name
Miss Amal Mazouz
Address 1
Position
Student
Country
United Kingdom
Email
amel0910@hotmail.com
Alternative Email
amel0910@hotmail.com
EURAMES Member
Yes
Member of
BRISMES
AFMA Member
No
MESA Member
No
BASIS Member
No
Discipline 1
Literature
Geographical Area 1
Algeria
Languages Mastered
Other
Proficiency
Fluent
Languages Mastered
French
Proficiency
Advanced
Languages Mastered
English
Proficiency
Fluent
Languages Mastered
Other
Proficiency
Fluent
Qualifications
I had my MA Degree back in Algeria from the University of Tahri Mohammed in Bechar, where I also got my BA Degree.
Early Career Researcher
Yes
Biography
I am currently doing my PhD in Literature and comparative studies. I am interested in the Middle East Area and North Africa, specifically women issues. I am also interested in the relationship between the 'East' and the 'West', the intersection of the two, and its impact on their peoples. Colonialism, Imperialism, the Other, the West, patriarchy, feminism are often the terminology used in my field of study and interest. I had my BA degree in Education at my local university back in Algeria. Later on, I applied for my master’s at the same university in Language and Literature. After I graduated with honours I received a full scholarship from the Algerian government to finish my studies abroad. Naturally, UK was my first choice. I attended a pre-sessional course at Canterbury Christ Church university in Kent for six months. My experience in Canterbury as a Muslim veiled young woman in the West was quite a unique one that inspired me to choose my current PhD project.
Research description
My PhD project is entitled Muslim Women Through the Eyes of the West: A Comparative Study of the Representation of Muslim Women in Western Contemporary Female Travel Writing. My research investigates how female Western authors view and portray Muslim women through their travel writing and living experiences in different Muslim Arab countries. As a start I chose six texts by six different writers from different Western countries which makes it a diverse sample. English Juan Ward's Living with Arabs: Nine Years with the Petra Bedouins, Spanish Carla de Vega 's Honour, Heels and Headscarves: Real life stories of Istanbul, Australian April Fonti's Travels in a Veil, American Jean Sasson's Princess: More Tears to Cry, Canadian Shelly Anderson's Falling Off the Edge of the World, and finally G. Willow Wilson's The butterfly Mosque. The methodology I will use is Reina Lewis's representation theory which is more of a feminist view of Edward Said's Orientalism. Lewis's approach focuses on Muslim women's lives inside the Harem, while my approach will be more general including Muslim women in and outside the domestic sphere.
External Funders
0
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