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Iraqi Women: Untold Stories From 1948 to the Present

Al-Ali, Nadje (2007) Iraqi Women: Untold Stories From 1948 to the Present. London; New York: Zed Books.

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Authored Books
Keywords: Iraq; Iraqi women; modern history of Iraq; Iraqi society
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Centre for Gender Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women
ISBN: 9781842777459
Depositing User: Nadje Al-Ali
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2008 15:33
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/4854

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