The Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies is pleased to announce that Marcia C. Inhorn’s The New Arab Man: Emergent Masculinities, Technologies, and Islam in the Middle East is the winner of the 2014 JMEWS Book Award. This marvelous ethnography is exemplary in its theoretical, empirical, and methodological approach to and exploration of the complex issues of infertility, gender, religion, and power in Arab societies. The book’s true strength lies in Inhorn’s meticulous analysis, using the lens of infertility, to illuminate the fundamental changes taking place in the institutions such as family, marriage, and kinship, which underpin society and which, in turn, are transforming the younger generation of the Arab men and women. Moreover, with moral courage, Inhorn challenges current stereotypes of Middle Eastern manhood, masculinity, and patriarchy and redefines the shape and meaning of manhood, family, and relationships.
The Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies Book Award has been established by the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies to recognize and promote excellence in the fields of Middle East women’s or gender studies, broadly defined. It is given to an author whose work is judged to provide the year’s most significant and potentially influential contribution to Middle East women’s or gender studies. The 2014 award is sponsored by Yale University’s MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies and Council on Middle East Studies.
Marcia C. Inhorn also received 2014 AMEWS/JMEWS Distinguished Scholarly Service Award for leadership as two-term editor and founding editor of the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies (JMEWS).