Iraqi Women: Untold Stories From 1948 to the Present

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Zed Books, Mar 15, 2007 - History - 292 pages
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Nadje al-Ali challenges the myths and misconceptions which have dominated debates about Iraqi women, bringing a much needed gender perspective to bear on a central political issue of our time. She traces the political history of Iraq from post-colonial independence, to the emergence of a women's movement in the 1950s and Saddam Hussein's early policy of state feminism. The book also discusses the increases in social conservatism, domestic violence and prostitution, and shows that, far from being passive victims, Iraqi women have been, and continue to be, key political actors. The impact of Islam on women's lives is analysed in the context of the recent invasion and occupation, and it is argued that US-led calls for liberation may in the long term serve to oppress the women of Iraq further. 
 

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Contents

Living in the Diaspora
14
Living with the Revolution
56
Living with the Bath
109
Living with Wars on Many Fronts
147
Living with War and Sanctions
171
Living with the Occupation
214
Conclusion
260
Notes
272
References
281
Index
288
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About the author (2007)

Nadje Al-Ali is Lecturer at the Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, London. Her recent publications include Secularism, Gender and the State in the Middle East (2000) and New Approaches to Migration (2002). She is also a founding member of Act Together: Women's Action on Iraq and a member of Women in Black.

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