Rula on the Web
Rula Quawas is a Jordanian academic, born on February 25th, 1960, she passed away in 2017. Dr. Quawas holds a Bachelor and a Masters degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Jordan, and she received her Ph.D. in American Literature and Feminist Theory from the University of North Texas in 1995.
Quawas was one of the voices that advocated women’s advancement in Jordan, pushing her students to discover their true selves and asking women in general to know their self-worth. She has written two books The Voice of Being Enough: Young Jordanian Women Breakthrough without Breaking Down, her last book which she edited was Bad Girls of the Arab World.
During her brief deanship (2011-12) of the faculty of Foreign Languages at the University of Jordan, which she had to step down after supporting her female students in the Feminist Theory Class to tackle sensitive issues in Jordanian society, the students made a video called “My Privacy” about sexual harassment that female students faced from male students at the campus of the University of Jordan, the project caused a backlash from the restrict male-dominated members at the university accusing Dr. Quawas of tarnishing the university’s reputation. Ironically this video and her support will be her greatest legacy.
Photo: Courtesy of Readers Book Shop in Amman