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The Women of Deh Koh: Lives in an Iranian Village
by Erika Friedl
"First published in the United States of America by Smithsonian Institution Press 1989."--Title page verso.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by Penguin Books
(first published 1989)
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This book is one of a few that doesn't play directly to Western ideas about the lives of Middle Eastern Women which are more complex that we are told. While oppression is still trying to cover, strangle, rape and kill these women, intellectual resources despite abject poverty and lack of education, strong familial ties and some aspects of tradition also help to save them. This book is respectful, honest and powerful.
Overall this is a poetic, disturbing tribute to these women. Friedl beautifully compiles and edits their voices. So much in their lives depends on luck -- on how lucky they are in terms of parents, husbands, in-laws. Because they are women they have little control over their lives and must be clever and resourceful to make the most of the choices luck affords them. My favorite chapter was 'Huri on Beads, Stringing a Necklace of Embers.' It's fitting that Friedl made that the last chapter because ...more
Women of Deh Koh left me with many different feelings and questions. Set in a small village in Iran, the books tells the stories of women in Iran some before and after the Iranian revolution of 1979. I questioned why these women continued to let men treat them that way, I felt bad for their lives and the degrading way they were treated. But I realized I couldn't compare them to westernized ideas of how women should act and be treated. I often felt like these women were unhappy, not realizing th ...more
This book examines the situations and perspectives of women living in an Iranian village during the period just before and after the revolution of 1979. The different chapters present stories centered around specific women in the (pseudonymous) Deh Koh, although these and others also often figure in the other chapters, since lives in this community intersect regularly. Sometimes the stories are told in a first-person narrative, other times from a third-person perspective. These stories run the g ...more
Bir etnografi, araştırma ve anlatım harikası. Sadece 2014'te değil, son yıllarda okuduğum en güzel kitaplardan bir tanesi. Bunun ötesinde, kitabın tarzı, etnografik bir araştırmanın sunumu açısından da ufuk açıcı. Bunun bir örneği Demet Dinler'in İşçinin Varlık Problemi kitabıysa, bir diğer örneği de Oktay Özel'in Türkiye 1643 kitabıdır.