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Land of the UnconquerableThe Lives of Contemporary Afghan Women$
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Jennifer Heath and Ashraf Zahedi

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520261853

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520261853.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Land of the Unconquerable

Jennifer Heath

University of California Press

The United States and its allies launched an assault against Afghanistan on October 7, 2001 in retaliation for the attacks of 9/11, and removed the Taliban from power. The U.S.-led invasion tends to obfuscate the fact that no Afghan was responsible for the tragedy of September 11, 2001, yet all Afghans have been paying for it. There are Afghan women who say that the Taliban era was an improvement over the civil war period, for at least there was peace of a sort. This book provides historical background leading to insights, observations, and narratives of Afghan women's lives in the present, as close to the ground as one can get, with comprehensive solutions and modest suggestions for social policy toward the future. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in the book is given.

Keywords:   Afghanistan, United States, 9/11, Afghan women, social policy, Taliban

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