Land of the Unconquerable

The Lives of Contemporary Afghan Women

Jennifer Heath (Hrsg.), Ashraf Zahedi (Hrsg.)

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Pädagogik

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Reaching beyond sensational headlines, Land of the Unconquerable at last offers a three-dimensional portrait of Afghan women. In a series of wide-ranging, deeply reflective essays, accomplished scholars, humanitarian workers, politicians, and journalists—most with extended experience inside Afghanistan—examine the realities of life for women in both urban and rural settings. They address topics including food security, sex work, health, marriage, education, poetry, politics, prisoners, and community development. Eschewing stereotypes about the burqa, the contributors focus instead on women’s empowerment and agency, and their struggles for peace and justice in the face of a brutal ongoing war. A fuller picture of Afghanistan’s women past and present emerges, leading to social policy suggestions and pragmatic solutions for a peaceful future.

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femininity, religion, sociology, afghan, afghanistan, peace, prisoners, al qaeda, burqa, urban, war, justice, agency, orientalism, sex work, islam, women, gender studies, religious fundamentalism, religious women, domesticity, education, war on terror, feminism, social policy, nonfiction, anthropology, womens studies, empowerment, afghan women, gender, poetry, social science, rural, politics, marriage, food security, prostitution, health, middle east, community development, muslim women