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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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Centuries of Threat, Centuries of Resistance

Centuries of Threat, Centuries of Resistance

The Lessons of Afghan Women's Resilience

(p.74) Chapter 3 Centuries of Threat, Centuries of Resistance
Land of the Unconquerable

Anne E. Brodsky

University of California Press

This chapter reveals the mettle of Afghan women as poets, rulers, educators, politicians, revolutionaries, female Mujahedin, and in daily life. Afghan women have faced seemingly endless threats to their survival throughout the history of Afghanistan, and have a long history of spirited resistance and resilience, forging unique, culturally apt solutions to these challenges. They played a vital role in the street protests, civil unrest, and even military activities of the 1970s and 1980s. In addition to resisting educational restrictions, Afghan women under the Taliban found ways to earn money through projects done at home. Afghan women's history of strength and resilience is the best model for how Afghan women, and the country as a whole, can continue to successfully navigate a resilient pathway amongst the progress, disappointment, and backlash in order to ultimately create the Afghanistan of their hopes and dreams.

Keywords:   resistance, resilience, Afghan women, Afghanistan, Taliban, threats

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