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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The book is biased and contradicts itself in many places. While Al-Ali claims to get views from a wide variety of Iraqi women most interviews are with upper middle class, secular educated women. She ... Read full review


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Short Nadje Al-Ali is Lecturer at the Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, London LongNadje 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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