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Liberating Life: Woman's Revolution

(International Initiative brochures #3)

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The author has been known mostly for the national liberation struggle he has waged against the Turkish state and as the architect of the peace process between the PKK and the Turkish state. However there is more than what meets the eye. He has in parallel waged a more fierce struggle with the Kurdish community for change and transition both theoretically and in practice. O ...more
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Published 2013 by International Initiative Edition
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Adam  McPhee
The ultimate victory of democratic society is only possible with woman. Peoples and women have been devastated by classed society ever since the Neolithic Age. They will now, as the pivotal agents of the democratic breakthrough, not only take revenge on history, but they will form the required anti-thesis by positioning themselves to the left of the rising democratic civilisation. Women are truly the most reliable social agents on the road to an equal and libertarian society. In the Middle East ...more
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
" support to women's ire, knowledge and freedom movement is the greatest display of comradeship and a value of humanity. ... The 21st century shall be the century of women's liberation." Finally a man who talks good sense. This was a great first Öcalan book. I look forward to reading and being further inspired by more of his writings.
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved it. Would have liked more citations, but I get that it's only a bind-up of fragments taken from his bigger, not-yet-translated works. Here's to hoping that those will get translated into English in their entirety too.
In here Öcalan makes the case that the historical subjugation of women is the precursor act of domination without which the subjugation of entire races, cultures, and classes could not have been done. "power does not recognize the principles of freedom and equality. If it did, it could not exist. Power and sexism in society share the same essence."

Historically, women have been society's permanent colony, providing cheap (free) labor; but the process of their subjugation was definitely not the sa
Liberating Life: Woman's Revolution is an introduction to Jineolojî (the science of women in the Kurdish language), a philosophy developed by Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). In the book, Öcalan attempts to construct a libertarian-socialist, woman-centered alternative to Marxist historical materialism. The two share many things in their sketch of the transition from "primitive communism" (Urkommunismus) to early class society to capitalism, which brings the promise ...more
Sham Al-Ghazali
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A short, brilliant read. Bell Hooks pretty much shortened.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a powerful book written by the leader of the kurdish liberation movement. He was imprisoned recently by the CIA and Turkey. While being held in captivity he wrote multiple books, this being one of them. This book focuses on Patriarchy in our society, how it manifests and where it comes from. Summarizing topics like capitalism, the neolithic period, and democracy. Explaining how lot’s of problems that we face today stem from patriarchy. Giving a hopeful message of necessary change. I reco ...more
Pupak Haghighi
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating read. Highly recommended to anyone who wish to gain insight and understanding of Ocalan's worldview and philosophy. I appreciated Ocalan's historical investigation to detect the point of departure when women became second class citizens and by pointing out the root causes, offering remedies for women to regain our natural social status, thus healing the social divide between men and women.
Dec 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Well written, though I didn't agree with everything, and I wish it had references or citations, I still got something out of it.
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Abdullah Öcalan is the founder of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). From 1984, under his leadership, the PKK fought for Kurdish liberation. Since his kidnapping and arrest in 1999, he has been in solitary confinement in Imrali Island Prison.

Since his imprisonment, Ocalan has written extensively on Middle Eastern and Kurdish history. With his books he has significantly influenced the course of Ku

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