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Iraqi Women: Untold Stories from 1948 to the Present

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The war in Iraq has put the condition of Iraqi women firmly on the global agenda. For years, their lives have been framed by state oppression, economic sanctions and three wars. Now they must play a seminal role in reshaping their country's future for the twenty-first century.

Nadje Al-Ali challenges the myths and misconceptions which have dominated debates about Iraqi wom
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 12th 2007 by Zed Books
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كتاب رائع وجهد عظيم بالفعل للعراقية نادية صادق العلي
سَدّ هذا الكتاب الكثير من الثغرات التي لم تسدها كتب التاريخ التي تناولت تاريخ العراق، وذلك لاحتوائه على التاريخ الشفاهي
والذي وإن كانَ متأثراً بالانتماءات وما أكثرها في العراق! إلا أنّها تعطيط صورة واضحة عن البلد
لا أستطيع إلا أن أشكر العزيزة "تقى" للسماح لي باستعارة نسختها وعن قريب طبعاً سأسعى للحصول على نسختي الورقية
لا غبار على جهود الكاتبة ودقتها في تحري المعلومة، ومحاولتها الوقوف على الحياد وعدم الانحياز لجهة دون أخرى
لكن الكتاب كان سيكون
I finished this book today as I received in the mail this other very important, mammoth size tome about the modern history of Iraq:

I have been fascinated by Iraq for years since it was in the news for such a long time. I wanted to learn about it in depth far away from the media. I was very excited over a year ago when I happened upon Iraq Women by accident while surfing online.

Though I have a few points of criticism about Iraqi Women: Untold Stories fro
Jan 12, 2016 rated it liked it
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I'd definitely had liked it more if al-Ali had interviewed a more diverse population of women. All the women interviewed were middle to upper class, secular, and well-educated. Nonetheless, these are fantastic testimonies and assist in understanding the history of Iraq and its people since 1948.
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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
Mar 10, 2009 rated it did not like it
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.
Dec 10, 2008 marked it as to-read
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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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كتاب متميز لباحثة عراقية عرضت فيه أصوات نساء عراقيات من خمسينات القرن العشرين و حتى العقد الأول من القرن الواحد و عشرين. تناولت الكاتبة المشاكل و الفرص في حيوات تلك النساء و شرحت الخلفية الاجتماعية و السياسية و الثقافية للمجتمع في الفترات الزمنية المختلفة التي تناولتها. ترجمة ممتازة و اسلوب سهل و سلس و مشوق لقراءة تاريخ العراق الحديث بوضع المرأة في الصدارة. التزمت الكاتبة الحيادية في تناولها للمواضيع الحساسة و بالذات الطائفية. كذلك وضحت محدودية الدراسة بكونها اعتمدت على وجهات نظر المثقفات و ساكن ...more
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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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