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Allah's Angels: Chechen Women in War


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In this comprehensive portrait of the women of Chechnya in modern war, Paul Murphy challenges conventional thinking on why they fight and are willing to kill themselves in the name of Allah. His book covers the two wars with Russia in 1994 and 1999 and the present conflict with Islamic Jihadists. It argues that these wars forced Chechen women to venture far beyond their traditional roles and advance their human rights but that the current movement championing traditional Islam is taking those rights away. Drawing on personal interviews, insider resources, and other materials, Murphy presents powerful portrayals of women who fight in the Chechen Jihad, including snipers, suicide bombers and the mysterious "Black Widows," as well as women who collect intelligence, hide arms, and perform other non-combatant roles.

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An intelligence and counterterrorism expert, Murphy presents a generally balanced account of the role of Chechen women in the war-torn regions of Chechnya and the Northern Caucasus. Two wars with Russia and an ongoing insurgency by Islamic fundamentalists have changed womens' lives drastically over the past two decades, argues the author, causing them to take on many roles previously reserved for men. Based heavily on interviews with Chechen women, human rights activists, and government officials, this book unflinchingly shows the extreme violence that is a common to each Chechen woman's life experience. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Paul J. Murphy, a former senior intelligence and U.S. counterterrorism official, has worked on counterterrorism cooperation projects with the Russian Parliament. The author of four other books, he currently teaches and is the director of the Russia-Eurasia Terror Watch.

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Murphy, Paul J.
US Naval Institute Press
Europe - Former Soviet Republics
Military-General History
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
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