Afghan Women: Identity and Invasion

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Zed Books, Aug 15, 2007 - History - 159 pages
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This book looks at how Afghan women have fought repression and challenged stereotypes, both within the country and in diasporas in Iran, Pakistan, the US and the UK. Covering topics from the Taliban and the impact of 9/11 to the role of NGOs and the growth of the opium economy, Rostami-Povey gets behind the media hype and presents a vibrant and diverse picture of these women's lives. The future of women's rights in Afghanistan, she argues, depends not only on overcoming local male domination, but also on challenging imperial domination and opposing the growing divide between the West and the Muslim world.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Gender ethnicity agency and identity
3
A short history
9
The structure of the book
13
Resistance and struggle under the Taliban
16
Communal identity and gender relations
17
The civil war and the Taliban period
19
The experiences of Afghan women under the Taliban
26
Returned refugees
67
Pornography and Bollywood
70
Is Afghanistan better now?
74
Exile and identity
80
Migration to the USA and the UK
89
Diasporic consciousness in Iran and Pakistan
94
Exile history and Afghan futures
98
Changing gender relations in the context of Islamic culture
102

Womens survival strategies
28
Under invasion
40
International security forces
47
The UN and international NGOs
50
The state foreign private companies and the warlords
53
The opium economy
55
Women and reconstruction
59
Education
65
the impact of 911 and 77 on Afghan women
111
Conclusion
126
Challenging domination
129
The imperial agenda
137
Bibliography
143
Index
153
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Elaheh Rostami-Povey is a lecturer in development studies at SOAS, University of London. Her research focuses on gender issues in Iran and Afghanistan. She is the author of Women, Work and Islamism: Ideology and Resistance in Iran (1999), which was published under her pen name Maryam Poya. This book was then translated into Farsi and published in Iran in 2001 under her own name.

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