Afghan Women in Transit
This chapter investigates Afghan women's flight and temporary sanctuary. It argues that women have fled more than one political regime in Afghanistan but that under the Taliban, women's space is all but annihilated. It reports the new social order of rural values imposed on urban people under Taliban rule. Furthermore, the meaning of “nation” to women once they are in exile is addressed. Afghan men and women have multilayered identities defined by not only their gender, race, or ethnicity but also by their class and professions. Women are the medium for uniting the community and gaining power for the mujahid. The gendered history of Afghanistan during years of conflict raises questions concerning the relationship between women and the state, processes of social inclusion, and nationalist cultures.
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