Iraqi Women: Untold Stories from 1948 to the Present

TitelIraqi Women: Untold Stories from 1948 to the Present
Typ der PublikationBook
Untertitel / SerientitelA gendered perspective on Iraqs political history
AutorInnenAl-Ali, NS
Anzahl Seiten292 pp.
VerlagZed Books London
ISBN-Nummer-13: 9781842777459 ISBN-10: 1842777459

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 women, bringing a much needed gender perspective to bear on a central political issue of our time. She traces the political history of Iraq from post-colonial independence, to the emergence of a women\'s movement in the 1950s and Saddam Hussein\'s early policy of state feminism. The book also discusses the increases in social conservatism, domestic violence and prostitution, and shows that, far from being passive victims, Iraqi women have been, and continue to be, key political actors. The impact of Islam on women\'s lives is analysed in the context of the recent invasion and occupation, and it is argued that US-led calls for liberation may in the long term serve to oppress the women of Iraq further. ContentsIntroduction1. Living in the Diaspora2. Living with the Revolution: Life in the 1950s and 1960s3. Living with the Baath: Days of Plenty and State Repression4. Living with Wars on Many Fronts5. Living with Sanctions6. Living in Post-Baath IraqConclusion

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