Excellent Daughters

Excellent Daughters

The Secret Lives of Young Women Who Are Transforming the Arab World

Book - 2016
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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 war she 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.
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Press,, 2016
ISBN: 9781594203886
Branch Call Number: 305.4209174927 ZOE NVD
Characteristics: xii, 258 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Jan 06, 2016

Dumb and dumber - - the world just witnessed one of the largest mass executions lately in Saudi Arabia -- the great head choppers! Photos - - evidently from cell phone cams and not newsies, are coming from Hungary, Germany and Sweden depicting large groups of young, able bodied Syrian male refugees beating relatively petite women?
Egypt? Sorry, this book comes from fantasy land, as do past and present administrations in the US which continue to support the very recently royal House of Saud.

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