The Women of Afghanistan Under the Taliban

The Women of Afghanistan Under the Taliban

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
Looks at the quality of life of Afghan women under the former Taliban regime in Afghanistan.

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Sociologist Skaine presents a brief overview of the quality of life for Afghan women under the former Taliban regime of Afghanistan, as well as women's responses to the Taliban. After presenting a brief overview of the history of Afghanistan, discussing how women have played a much more prominent role in Afghan civil and political life in the past, she details many of the abuses of the Taliban regime and discusses whether their treatment of women is somehow intrinsic to the practice of Islam. A significant part of the work includes profiles of a couple dozen Afghan women, many of whom resisted Taliban policies by opening schools, documenting abuses, and building resistance organizations. This section is helped by the fact that Skaine is able to present interviews collected by the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), thereby gaining access to voices that aren't normally heard in Western sources. The rapid turning of events following the U.S. attack on the country necessarily dates a final chapter on the prospects for the future. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Even though the people of Afghanistan in general suffered under the rule of the Taliban, women lived especially difficult lives, enduring terrible hardships. They were denied basic human rights, forced to wear veils and kept in seclusion. This work addresses the religion, revolution, and national identity of Afghan women and places them within their gender-political and religious-political roles, thus elevating our understanding of their abuse, imprisonment and murder, and offering a basis for their rehabilitation. Powerful and moving interviews with Afghan women conducted and translated by the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan are presented and a brief history of the struggle of the Afghan women and an overview of the conflict between the Afghans and the Taliban are included.

Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780786410903
Branch Call Number: 305.4095 SKAIN
Characteristics: x, 198 pages : 1 map ; 23 cm


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