"An outstanding contribution to the understanding of gender roles, particularly in an Islamic setting, women"s studies, and the Sahrawis."—Choice
"This is a book devoted to, and is successful in, critically assessing how gender relations are constructed in and about the Sahrawi camps and are simultaneously derived from social, political, and humanitarian interactions on an international scale."—Journal of Refugee Studies
"Fiddian-Qasmiyeh's book engages critically with the literature that sees Sahrawi refugees as ‘ideal' due to their egalitarian social organization in camps, notably towards women, the lack of corruption and their ‘secular' identity."—Mediterranean Politics
Refugee camps are typically perceived as militarized and patriarchal
spaces, and yet the Sahrawi refugee camps and their inhabitants
have consistently been represented as ideal in nature: uniquely
secular and democratic spaces, and characterized by gender
equality. Drawing on extensive research with and about Sahrawi
refugees in Algeria, Cuba, Spain, South Africa, and Syria, Fiddian-
Qasmiyeh explores how, why, and to what effect such idealized
depictions have been projected onto the international arena.
Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh is departmental lecturer in forced migration at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, where she is also junior
research fellow in refugee studies at Lady Margaret Hall.
6 x 9, 360 pages