Minoritized Yazidi Body as a Signifier

This paper reads the testimonies of Yazidi women who survived their slavery at the hands of ISIS (DAESH) to understand how this ‘minoritized’ body, a term coined by Arjun Appadurai, has become a worldwide signifier. Due to the circulation of images and technologies, the testimonies of those women wh...

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Published in:Middle East - Topics & Arguments
Main Author: Abouelnaga, Shereen
Format: Journal Articles
Language:English
Published: Philipps-Universität Marburg 2020
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Summary:This paper reads the testimonies of Yazidi women who survived their slavery at the hands of ISIS (DAESH) to understand how this ‘minoritized’ body, a term coined by Arjun Appadurai, has become a worldwide signifier. Due to the circulation of images and technologies, the testimonies of those women who survived have become the only means that allows visibility; yet, the visibility of the violated minoritized body is a fact that still signifies power and instills worldwide horror. The paper attempts to  understand how the minoritized individual body has become a body politic, onto which power relations are played out and where several discourses intersect.
DOI:https://doi.org/10.17192/meta.2020.14.8257