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The Resource Guest house for young widows : among the women of ISIS, Azadeh Moaveni

Guest house for young widows : among the women of ISIS, Azadeh Moaveni

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Guest house for young widows : among the women of ISIS
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Guest house for young widows
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among the women of ISIS
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Azadeh Moaveni
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eng
Summary
"In early 2014, the Islamic State clinched its control of Raqqa in Syria. Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, urged Muslims around the world to come join the caliphate. Witnessing the brutal oppression of the Assad regime in Syria, and moved to fight for justice, thousands of men and women heeded his call. At the heart of this story is a cast of unforgettable young women who responded. Emma, from Germany; Sharmeena from Bethnal Green, London; Nour from Tunis: these were women--some still in high school--from urban families, some with university degrees and bookshelves filled with novels by Jane Austen and Dan Brown; many with cosmopolitan dreams of travel and adventure. But instead of finding a land of justice and piety, they found themselves trapped within the most brutal terrorist regime of the twenty-first century, a world of chaos and upheaval and violence. What is the line between victim and collaborator? How do we judge these women who both suffered and inflicted intense pain? What role is there for Muslim women in the West? In what is bound to be a modern classic of narrative nonfiction, Moaveni takes us into the school hallways of London, kitchen tables in Germany, the coffee shops in Tunis, the caliphate's OB/GYN and its "Guest House for Young Widows"--where wives of the fallen waited to be remarried--to demonstrate that the problem called terrorism is a far more complex, political, and deeply relatable one than we generally admit"--
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New York Times Notable Book, 2019
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  • /* Starred Review */ In this searing investigation, Moaveni, an Iranian-American journalist (Honeymoon in Tehran), explores the phenomenon of Muslim women—many of them educated, successful, and outwardly Westernized—choosing to travel to Syria in support of jihad. She follows 13 women and girls who were radicalized by news, by recruiters on social media, or within their social circles. Many of them naively dreamed of handsome warrior husbands, “camels trudging through a glowing vermilion sandstorm and Moorish palaces set against the moonlight.” In Syria, many found that “the militants no better than the tyrants they claimed to oppose” and their new husbands, assigned immediately upon arrival by ISIS, were often alarming (some described as “swiping through phone apps for sex slaves”). The guest house of the title, which most women come to know well, since the men die so quickly, “was a place of such deliberate uninhabitability that few women could stay long without going mad. This was precisely the intention.... Refusing to marry was recalcitrant behavior that would not be enabled by a comfortable private room with en suite bathroom.” In concise, visceral vignettes, Moaveni immerses her readers in a milieu saturated with the romantic appeal of violence. The result is a journalistic tour de force that lays bare the inner lives, motivations, and aspirations of her subjects. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed 07/29/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 30, p)
  • Moaveni (Lipstick Jihad) explores the reasons young women join the Islamic State (IS). Expanding on her 2015 New York Times story, Moaveni focuses on 13 women from varying socioeconomic statuses and countries. Their reasons for joining IS are complex: some follow husbands or boyfriends, some are seduced by the promise of a "pure" form of Islam, some are unable to leave their homes in the war zone. Alongside the personal narratives, Moaveni presents a compact history of the Syrian conflict and expands on the political and socioeconomic situations that gave rise to extremism in Europe and North Africa. The author pays special attention to the factors behind the women's choices and where interventions could have been made, as she hopes that by addressing the underlying causes, future occurrences will be prevented. Moaveni's tone gravitates toward compassion and understanding, given the young age of many of these women, but she also provides more critical counter-narratives, never glossing over or avoiding the gravity of her subjects' decisions nor the brutality of the IS regime. VERDICT A compelling read that imparts important lessons about religious extremism. Recommended for readers interested in women's issues and current affairs. --Rebekah Kati (Reviewed 09/01/2019) (Library Journal, vol 144, issue 8, p86)
  • Iranian American journalist Moaveni (Honeymoon in Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran, 2009, etc.) recounts the stories of women who have joined the cause of the Islamic State group. According to the current presidential administration, IS is a failing cause, but it remains strong in places such as Iraq and Syria, battling government forces and controlling large territories. Working with 20-odd women involved in IS and their families, the author shows them to be a diverse group with various motivations. "Many thought they were saving themselves, or saving others, from unspeakable harm," she writes, although on the battlefront of the caliphate, the women would find themselves in grave danger themselves. One of her subjects is a young Tunisian woman whom Moaveni, who uses pseudonyms throughout, calls Nour. She, like many of her compatriots, took up wearing the niqab as an instrument of protest: "For many, being religious became a language through which to demand freedom from the state's intrusion into daily life." Salafism, the extremely conservative, Saudi-funded movement, is a rebuke to liberal Tunisians in a secular state; although separated by dress and other strictures, the young women who became Salafi felt "not constrained but empowered." Just so, IS appealed to young women in secular Britain, some of whom became "true believers" and took up arms. Some died, and some, on returning (or being returned) to their homeland, became wards of the court: "Had she been a young American woman in similar circumstances, caught by American authorities," observes Moaveni, "it's likely she would have been prosecuted...and forced to serve a years-long prison sentence." The author adds that it is not just the children of the dispossessed, but the well educated and affluent who join the cause; regardless of their status, however, "no country wants its ISIS citizens back." Writing sympathetically but not uncritically, Moaveni helps readers understand why these women join IS. (Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2019)
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Moaveni, Azadeh
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306.88/30956
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no index present
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HQ1058
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.M63 2019
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non fiction
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  • Islamic fundamentalism
  • Muslim women
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among the women of ISIS
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Guest house for young widows : among the women of ISIS, Azadeh Moaveni
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First edition.
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xii, 338 pages
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9780399179754
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2019013260
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Guest house for young widows : among the women of ISIS, Azadeh Moaveni
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text
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2019013260
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24 cm
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First edition.
Extent
xii, 338 pages
Isbn
9780399179754
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2019013260
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1090285213

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