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The Women of Deh Koh: Lives in an Iranian Village

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"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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Apr 07, 2009 J rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 07, 2014 Kallie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ethnography
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
May 14, 2013 Kendra rated it really liked it
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
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Mar 27, 2012 Mike Clinton rated it really liked it
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
Dec 23, 2014 Yusuf rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 15, 2009 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Lauren by: Ann Patience
An amazing book. I learned answers to questions about a wonderful, complicated culture that I had not even thought to ask until after reading this book. I loved this book. I wish I could find a copy to own.
Mar 22, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it
Very interesting book with great insight into the lives of these women. One of my favorite areas of history to study is women's history, and this book is awesome for that!
Oct 15, 2015 dianne rated it really liked it
an amazing look at how, under a regime that limits them tremendously, women find a way to survive and sometimes thrive, in a small Iranian mountain village. Totally riveting.
Jan 24, 2009 Unwisely rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2009
It was a series of stories from the lives of women in a fairly isolated village in Iran. Published in 1989, dunno how relevant it is to now.
Jun 08, 2009 Judy rated it really liked it
A look into the culture of many women in the middle east who have not really been touched by western culture.
Jan 09, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: iran, anthropology
Nice anthropology. The stories told here are real, touching, and actually hilarious sometimes.
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Jun 18, 2008 dead letter office rated it liked it
a look at women's lives in a part of the world i've never been to. interesting.
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