Iman Baobeid

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Supervisor: Dr. Ayesha Chaudhry / Dr. Dina Al-Kassim


B.A., Sociology and Law and Society, UBC (2015)
M.A., Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, UBC (2017)

Thesis: Engendering unification: Family law and women’s legal subjectivity in Southern Yemen


My current research examines the intertwining of legal history and gender relations in southern Yemen through an investigation of shifts in Family Law from 1986 to 1996. This chapter of South Yemeni history saw the disintegration of the South’s Leninist Marxist regime, the unification of North and South Yemen in 1990, and climaxed with a civil war in 1994. Yemen underwent considerable legislative and policy changes which had significant effects on women in the South. As a study of the historical present, this inquiry utilizes textual and qualitative methodologies grounded in feminist political economy and postcolonial theory. Topics and issues investigated in this research include the role of women in processes of state formation and transition, rethinking violence and statehood, the political economy of conflict, legal orientalism, and the relationship between Islamic law and gender.


Baobeid, I. 2015. Yemeni Drones: Discursive Media Reinforcement of US Hegemonic Power. UBC Journal of Political Studies, 17, p.62-74.


Faculty of Arts Graduate Award (2016)
International Tuition Award (2015)
UBC Graduate Scholarship – GRSJ Graduate Award (2015)
Go Global International Learning Programs Award (2013)