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Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes behind the Veil

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Soon after the fall of the Taliban, in 2001, Deborah Rodriguez went to Afghanistan as part of a group offering humanitarian aid to this war-torn nation. Surrounded by men and women whose skills–as doctors, nurses, and therapists–seemed eminently more practical than her own, Rodriguez, a hairdresser and mother of two from Michigan, despaired of being of any real use. Yet she soon found she had a gift for befriending Afghans, and once her profession became known she was eagerly sought out by Westerners desperate for a good haircut and by Afghan women, who have a long and proud tradition of running their own beauty salons. Thus an idea was born.

With the help of corporate and international sponsors, the Kabul Beauty School welcomed its first class in 2003. Well meaning but sometimes brazen, Rodriguez stumbled through language barriers, overstepped cultural customs, and constantly juggled the challenges of a postwar nation even as she learned how to empower her students to become their families’ breadwinners by learning the fundamentals of coloring techniques, haircutting, and makeup.

Yet within the small haven of the beauty school, the line between teacher and student quickly blurred as these vibrant women shared with Rodriguez their stories and their hearts: the newlywed who faked her virginity on her wedding night, the twelve-year-old bride sold into marriage to pay her family’s debts, the Taliban member’s wife who pursued her training despite her husband’s constant beatings. Through these and other stories, Rodriguez found the strength to leave her own unhealthy marriage and allow herself to love again, Afghan style.

With warmth and humor, Rodriguez details the lushness of a seemingly desolate region and reveals the magnificence behind the burqa. Kabul Beauty School is a remarkable tale of an extraordinary community of women who come together and learn the arts of perms, friendship, and freedom.

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The founder of the Kabul Beauty School describes the lives of women in the patriarchal society of Afghanistan from the perspective of the school and its students, offering profiles of such women as a newlywed who must fake her own virginity, a child bride sold into marriage to pay her family's debts, and the wife of a Taliban member who pursues her training despite her husband's abuse. 35,000 first printing.

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Deborah Rodriguez went to Afghanistan to transform her own life and ended up revolutionizing the lives of many of her Afghan sisters. This book made me feel like I was right there in the beauty salon, sharing in the tears and laughter as, outside m

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588366078
Subtitle:
An American Woman Goes behind the Veil
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Rodriguez, Deborah
Author:
Ohlson, Kristin
Author:
Deborah Rodriguez
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Women
Subject:
Social Science : Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Islamic Studies
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Muslim women
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Kabul (Afghanistan)
Subject:
Muslim women - Afghanistan - Kabul -
Subject:
Feminist Studies-World Feminism
Subject:
World History-Asia
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Subject:
WHIS-AFGHANISTAN/PAKISTAN
Subject:
World History-Afghanistan and Pakistan
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070410
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
275

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"Synopsis" by , The founder of the Kabul Beauty School describes the lives of women in the patriarchal society of Afghanistan from the perspective of the school and its students, offering profiles of such women as a newlywed who must fake her own virginity, a child bride sold into marriage to pay her family's debts, and the wife of a Taliban member who pursues her training despite her husband's abuse. 35,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Deborah Rodriguez went to Afghanistan to transform her own life and ended up revolutionizing the lives of many of her Afghan sisters. This book made me feel like I was right there in the beauty salon, sharing in the tears and laughter as, outside m
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