Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of Isis

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$28.00  $25.76
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Random House
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Pages
352
Dimensions
6.3 X 1.2 X 9.4 inches | 1.2 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780399179754
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About the Author

Azadeh Moaveni is a journalist, writer, and academic who has been covering the Middle East for nearly two decades. She started reporting in Cairo in 1999 while on a Fulbright fellowship to the American University in Cairo. For the next several years she reported from throughout the region as Middle East correspondent for Time magazine, based in Tehran, and covered Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Iraq. She is the author of Lipstick Jihad, Honeymoon in Tehran, and co-author, with Shirin Ebadi, of Iran Awakening. In November 2015, she published a front-page piece in The New York Times on ISIS women defectors that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist as part of the Times's ISIS coverage. Her writing appears in The Guardian, The New York Times, and The London Review of Books. She teaches journalism at NYU in London, is a fellow at the New America foundation, and is now senior gender analyst at the International Crisis Group.

Reviews

"A master class in illustrating the big picture through small stories . . . Azadeh Moaveni has written a powerful, indispensable book on a challenging subject: the inner lives and motivations of women who joined or supported the Islamic State militant group. . . . An illuminating, much-needed corrective to stock narratives, not only about the group that deliberately and deftly terrified officials and publics across the world, but also about the larger 'war on terror' and the often ineffective, even counterproductive policies of Western and Middle Eastern governments."--Anne Barnard, The New York Times Book Review

"In this searing investigation, Moaveni explores the phenomenon of Muslim women--many of them educated, successful, and outwardly Westernized--choosing to travel to Syria in support of jihad. . . . 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."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Azadeh Moaveni has achieved a feat of reporting to provide a rare glimpse into the private lives of these ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events. Brave, visceral, moving; essential reading for anyone seeking to understand so much of the violence in our troubled world."--Ben Rawlence, author of City of Thorns