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Land of the Unconquerable: The Lives of Contemporary Afghan Women

Jennifer Heath and Ashraf Zahedi


Reaching beyond sensational headlines, this book offers a three-dimensional portrait of Afghan women. In a series of wide-ranging, deeply reflective essays, scholars, humanitarian workers, politicians, and journalists—most with extended experience inside Afghanistan—examine the realities of life for women in both urban and rural settings. They address topics including food security, sex work, health, marriage, education, poetry, politics, prisoners, and community development. Eschewing stereotypes about the burqa, the contributors focus instead on women's empowerment and agency, and their stru ... More

Keywords: Afghan women, community development, food security, sex work, health, marriage, education, poetry, politics, prisoners

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520261853
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520261853.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Heath, author

Ashraf Zahedi, author

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