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Afghan Women: Identity and Invasion
This book looks at how Afghan women have fought repression and challenged stereotypes, both within the country and in diasporas in Iran, Pakistan, the US and the UK. Covering topics from the Taliban and the impact of 9/11 to the role of NGOs and the growth of the opium economy, Rostami-Povey gets behind the media hype and presents a vibrant and diverse picture of these wom ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published August 15th 2007 by Zed Books
(first published July 20th 2007)
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This book offers some useful perspectives derived from interviews with Afghan people in exile as well as in Afghanistan. Unfortunately, a ubiquity of heady generalizations (for example, sentences beginning with "For Muslim women..." p. 113), along with many mistakes and contradictions, make this volume lose most of the credibility it might have had based on direct contact with knowledgable sources. In one place the author claims there are few intermarriages between Afghans and American/British p ...more
Rostami-Povey interviews Afghan women at home and in exile about their views on gender since the civil war through the Taliban & US-led invasion. The writing is simple & clear, the argument forthright. The scarcity of books that allow Afghani women to speak for themselves pushed my rating up from a 3 (liked it) to a 4 (really liked it). I learned a great deal about Afghan history and Afghan women's activisms through this book. I'll be citing it in my Women's Studies lectures, and possibl ...more
Elaheh Rostami-Povey is a Development Studies lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Her areas of specialisation are gender issues in Iran and Afghanistan. She is the author of Women, Work and Islamism: Ideology and Resistance in Iran. This book was published by Zed Books in 1999 under her pen name Maryam Poya. This book was then translated into Farsi and pub ...moreMore about Elaheh Rostami-Povey...