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Description - Afghan Women by Dr. Elaheh Rostami-Povey

Through years of Taliban oppression, during the US-led invasion and the current insurgency, women in Afghanistan have played a hugely symbolic role. This book looks at how women have fought repression and challenged stereotypes, both within Afghanistan and in diasporas in Iran, Pakistan, the US and the UK. Looking at issues from violence under the Taliban and the impact of 9/11 to the role of NGOs and the growth in the opium economy, Rostami-Povey gets behind the media hype and presents a vibrant and diverse picture of these women's lives. The future of women's rights in Afghanistan, she argues, depends not only on overcoming local male domination, but also on challenging imperial domination and blurring the growing divide between the West and the Muslim world. Ultimately, these global dynamics may pose a greater threat to the freedom and autonomy of women in Afghanistan and throughout the world.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781842778562
ISBN-10: 1842778560
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 135mm x mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Zed Books Ltd
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Dr. Elaheh Rostami-Povey

Elaheh Rostami-Povey is a Development Studies lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Under her pen name Maryam Poya, she is the author of Women, Work and Islamism (Zed Books, 1999 9781856496827). She has also written on feminisms and women's NGOs in Iran and on Afghan women in diaspora and their experience of war, conflict and foreign invasion.

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