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City of Widows: An Iraqi Woman's Account of War and Resistance

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Publisher Comments:

“Zangana writes with indignation of the recent hijacking of her country.”—Time Out New York

“This angry, unforgiving and powerful book is as vital as it is hard to swallow.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“What left me quaking was the power of internal perspective and history that she offers, and her informed explanations of both policy and practice.”—Feminist Review

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.

In 1958, when Haifa Zangana was just eight years old, Iraqis flooded the streets in celebration of their newfound, hard-won freedom from British colonial rule that had begun in 1917. Zangana came of age in one of the most open societies in the Middle East—until it was shut down in the 1970s by the tyrannical, yet secular, Ba’ath Party. Joining in armed struggle against Saddam Hussein, Zangana was captured, imprisoned, and tortured as a young woman. She was released from Abu Ghraib after six months of detention, and has lived in exile ever since. Today, Haifa Zangana is a novelist, a weekly columnist for Al-Quds newspaper, and a political commentator for the Guardian, Red Pepper, and Al-Ahram Weekly. She lives in London.

Book News Annotation:

Now a journalist in London, Zangana tells how she joined the armed struggle against Saddam Hussein during the 1970s; was captured, imprisoned, and tortured for six months; and went into exile after she was released. Besides making sense of her 40 years of personal involvement in Iraqi politics, she places the US invasion and occupation of 2003 in the context of Iraqi women's struggle for legal and social equality over nearly a century. To the 2007 first edition, she adds a new preface bringing the story up to February 2009. She includes a bibliography but no index. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The story of Iraq by a fierce witness of war and occupation.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

HAIFA ZANGANA is an Iraqi political commentator, novelist, and former prisoner of Saddam Husseins regime. She is a weekly columnist for al-Quds newspaper and a commentator for the Guardian, Red Pepper, and al-Ahram Weekly. She lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781583228609
Author:
Zangana, Haifa
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Military - Iraq War (2003-)
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
International
Subject:
Iraq War, 2003
Subject:
Women -- Iraq.
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
Politics-Political Science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.4 x 5.6 x 0.6 in 6.5 oz

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The story of Iraq by a fierce witness of war and occupation.
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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