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City of Widows

An Iraqi Woman's Account of War and Resistance

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In City of Widows, Haifa Zangana tells the story of her country, from the early twentieth century through the US-UK invasion and the current occupation. She brings to light a sense of Iraq as a society mainly of secularists who have been denied, through years of sanctions, war, and occupation, a system
within which to build the country according to their own values. She points to the long history of political activism and social participation of Iraqi women, and the fact that, before the recent invasion, they had been among the most liberated of their gender in the Middle East. Finally, she writes about
Baghdad today as a city populated by bereaved women and children who have lost their loved ones and their land, but who are still emboldened by the native right to resist and liberate themselves to create an independent Iraq.

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 31, 2007 – In her opening line, Iraqi novelist (and former prisoner of Saddam Hussein) Zangana lays out this Iraq primer's unapologetic intent: that readers in the West will gain insight into a country they have impacted so fully and terribly. With 300,000 widows in Baghdad alone, another million across the country, and thousands of women imprisoned without acknowledgment much less hope for legal recourse Zangana's dispatches are different from those of U.S. and Iraqi officials who, she says, claim to support women's empowerment while sponsoring militant sectarian forces with barbaric ideas about women in society. The U.S. media, according to Zangana, is happy to fall in line: by repeating the story that Iraqis are killing Iraqis by the hundreds each day, the American reflex has become to blame the victims, rather than an occupation that has deliberately dismantled the country's ways of coping. Putting the current moment in perspective with an engaging history of women's rights in Iraq, Zangana convincingly identifies the current Iraqi moment as a terrible state of regression. This angry, unforgiving and powerful book is as vital as it is hard to swallow.
City of Widows
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Middle East
  • Published: Nov 06, 2007
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 190 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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