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Iraqi Women: Untold Stories from 1948 to the Present

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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 ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 12th 2007 by Zed Books
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This is a really great book on many levels.

It's really weird for me to think that at this time Iraq has largely faded from public discourse. Since 1990, and as long as I'd been paying attention to politics for sure, it had been the subject of fear, of containment, of violence and constant debates in global and American policy. We talk about other places now.

At the time of the 2003 war and when this book was published I think there were two main points of rhetoric that came up WRT Iraq and women
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 also contradicts herself in many places, especially when speaking of the March 2003 invasion of Iraq and its aftermath.
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This was the best book we read in my class this quarter (so far). I echo the comment that there shd be less describing and more space for the women to talk -- but I appreciate al-Ali bringing her own story into the mix.
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