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What Kind of Liberation?: Women and the Occupation of Iraq

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In the run-up to war in Iraq, the Bush administration assured the world that America's interest was in liberation—especially for women. The first book to examine how Iraqi women have fared since the invasion, What Kind of Liberation? reports from the heart of the war zone with dire news of scarce resources, growing unemployment, violence, and seclusion. Moreover, the book ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 12th 2010 by University of California Press (first published December 8th 2008)
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Really interesting book about the lives and status of women in Iraq--before 2003, and after 2003. Anyone who cares about what we're doing over there, or who doesn't know much about what we're doing, should read it.
Jul 08, 2012 Nadia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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There's nothing wrong with this book or its arguments: parts were interesting but overall it didn't say much that was new to me, but that might just be cause I've followed this subject way too closely so your mileage may vary.

If you're writing a political science paper this is the book for you; but if you just want to read one book about Iraqi women before and after and during the war, Nadje Al-Ali's "Iraqi Women" is way more interesting (don't be fooled by the generic title) and lets its subje
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Nadje Sadig Al-Ali (Arabic: نادية صادق العلي) is the author of Iraqi Women: Untold Stories From 1948 to the Present. and co-author with Nicola Pratt of What Kind of Liberation? Women and the Occupation of Iraq. Born to an Iraqi father and German mother, and having lived in Egypt for several years and being involved in the Egyptian women's movement, Al-Ali is also Professor of Gender Studies at the ...more
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“The timing of this sudden interest in the plight of Iraqi women cannot be overemphasized. For decades, many Iraqi women activists in the US and UK had tried to raise awareness about the systematic abuse of human and women's rights under Saddam Hussein, the atrocities linked to the Anfal campaign against the Kurds, and the impact of economic sanctions on women and families. . . . 'We wrote so many letters and we organized many events. . . . They did not want to know. They were just not interested. It was only in the run-up to the [2003] invasion that the governments started to care about the suffering of Iraqi women.” 2 likes
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