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Excellent daughters : the secret lives of young women who are transforming the Arab world

Katherine Zoepf author. 2016

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  • Title:
    Excellent daughters : the secret lives of young women who are transforming the Arab world
  • Author: Katherine Zoepf author.
  • Subjects: Feminism -- Arab countries; Young women -- Arab countries -- Social conditions; Young women -- Political activity -- Arab countries; Muslim women -- Political activity -- Arab countries; g Women; g Women; g Young adults; Girls; g Social movements; Anti-feminism; Arabländerna
  • Description: And let them throw their veils over their bosoms -- Religious education is a great protection for a woman -- The most promiscuous virgins in the world -- Washing away the shame -- Before we get married, we have each other -- It becomes very difficult to go home again -- Driving will lead women to leave their homes a lot, whether they need to or not -- The girls who were detained were not like your daughter or mine.
    "For more than a decade, Katherine Zoepf has lived in or traveled throughout the Arab world, reporting on the lives of women, whose role in the region has never been more in flux. Only a generation ago, female adolescence as we know it in the West did not exist in the Middle East. There were only children and married women. Today, young Arab women outnumber men in universities, and a few are beginning to face down religious and social tradition in order to live independently, to delay marriage, and to pursue professional goals. Hundreds of thousands of devout girls and women are attending Qur'anic schools--and using the training to argue for greater rights and freedoms from an Islamic perspective. And, in 2011, young women helped to lead antigovernment protests in the Arab Spring. But their voices have not been heard. Their stories have not been told. In Syria before its civil warshe documents a complex society in the midst of soul searching about its place in the world and about the role of women. In Lebanon, she documents a country that on the surface is freer than other Arab nations but whose women must balance extreme standards of self-presentation with Islamic codes of virtue. In Abu Dhabi, Zoepf reports on a generation of Arab women who've found freedom in work outside the home. In Saudi Arabia she chronicles driving protests and women entering the retail industry for the first time. In the aftermath of Tahrir Square, she examines the crucial role of women in Egypt's popular uprising. Deeply informed, heartfelt, and urgent, Good Daughters brings us a new understanding of the changing Arab societies--from 9/11 to Tahrir Square to the rise of ISIS--and gives voice to the remarkable women at the forefront of this change"--
    "The never-before-reported story of this generation of Arab women, who are questioning authority, changing societies, and leading revolutions. For more than a decade, Katherine Zoepf has lived in or traveled throughout the Arab world, reporting on the lives of women, whose role in the region has never been more in flux. Only a generation ago, female adolescence as we know it in the West scarcely existed in the Middle East. There were only children and married women. Today, young Arab women outnumber men in universities, and a few are beginning to face down religious and social tradition in order to live independently, to delay marriage, and to pursue professional goals. Hundreds of thousands of devout girls and women are attending Qur'anic schools--and using the training to argue for greater freedoms from an Islamic perspective. And, in 2011, young women helped to lead antigovernment protests in the Arab Spring. But their voices have not been heard. The world changes because of wars and terrorist attacks, but it also changes because daughters make different decisions than the ones their mothers made. This is an investigation into the changing lives of this generation of Arab daughters."--
  • Publisher: New York : Penguin Press
  • Creation Date: 2016
  • Format: xii, 258 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Identifier: ISBN9781594203886;ISBN1594203881
  • Source: 01SAUNI ALMA
  • Alma MMS ID: 991001357269102845

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