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Guest House For Young Widows - Among The Women Of ISIS (Hardcover): Azadeh Moaveni Guest House For Young Widows - Among The Women Of ISIS (Hardcover)
Azadeh Moaveni 1
R451 R387 Discovery Miles 3 870 Save R64 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON FICTION.

A GUARDIAN AND OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR.

An intimate, deeply reported account of the women who made a shocking decision: to leave their comfortable lives behind and join the Islamic State.

In early 2014, the Islamic State clinched its control of Raqqa in Syria. Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, urged Muslims around the world to come join the caliphate. Having witnessed the brutal oppression of the Assad regime in Syria, and moved to fight for justice, thousands of men and women heeded his call.

At the heart of this story is a cast of unforgettable young women who responded. Emma, from Germany; Sharmeena, from Bethnal Green, London; Nour, from Tunis: these were women ― some still in school ― from urban families, some with university degrees and bookshelves filled with novels by Jane Austen and Dan Brown; many with cosmopolitan dreams of travel and adventure. But instead of finding a land of justice and piety, they found themselves trapped within the most brutal terrorist regime of the twenty-first century, a world of chaos and upheaval and violence.

What is the line between victim and collaborator? How do we judge these women who both suffered and inflicted intense pain? What role is there for Muslim women in the West? In what is bound to be a modern classic of narrative nonfiction, Moaveni takes us into the school hallways of London, kitchen tables in Germany, the coffee shops in Tunis, the caliphate’s OB/GYN and its ‘Guest House for Young Widows’ ― where wives of the fallen waited to be remarried ― to demonstrate that the problem called terrorism is a far more complex, political, and deeply relatable one than we generally admit.

ReTargeting Iran (Paperback): David Barsamian ReTargeting Iran (Paperback)
David Barsamian; As told to Ervand Abrahamian, Noam Chomsky, Nader Hashemi, Azadeh Moaveni, …
R336 R310 Discovery Miles 3 100 Save R26 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A timely primer on the conflict between the United States and Iran by scholars of Middle Eastern politics who advocate diplomacy and de-escalation. The United States and Iran seem to be permanently locked in a dangerous cycle of brinkmanship and violence. Both countries have staged cyber attacks and recently shot down one another's aircraft. Why do both countries seem intent on escalation? Why did the U.S. abandon the nuclear deal (which, according to the UN, was working)? Where can Washington and Tehran find common ground? To address these questions and the political and historical forces at play, David Barsamian presents the perspectives of Iran scholars Ervand Abrahamian, Noam Chomsky, Nader Hashemi, Azadeh Moaveni, and Trita Parsi. A follow-up to the previously published Targeting Iran, this timely book continues to affirm the goodwill between Iranian and American people, even as their respective governments clash on the international stage. Praise for ReTargeting Iran: "In a Q&A format about the continued demonization of Iran by the U.S., [David] Barsamian gets at the key to the deterioration of the relationship between the two nations. ... [T]he discussion is astute and relevant."-Kirkus Reviews "A necessary and timely education on one of the most politically fraught and historically significant relationships of our time. I devoured these smart, insightful interviews with five important Iran scholars, about the struggle between two countries that have both been our home."-Dina Nayeri, author of The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You "This little book contains more wisdom about Iran than exists in the White House, Congress, the State Department, and the Pentagon combined. Anyone who wants to understand the world's most misunderstood country will find no better source."-Stephen Kinzer, Author of All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror "Many journalists and academics have written books about Iran. But ReTargeting Iran fills an important gap, a book sharply critical of U.S. policy and the Iranian government. David Barsamian provides timely interviews with major analysts that sets the record straight. It's a highly accessible read and a great introduction to the U.S.-Iran conflict."-Reese Erlich, author of The Iran Agenda Today: The Real Story Inside Iran and What's Wrong with U.S. Policy. "ReTargeting Iran is a facts-only objective account of where America has gone wrong, stupidly wrong-yet again-in its foreign policy, dominated by a mythical belief that Iran has an active nuclear weapons program. All one needs to know about the threat is this: as of mid-2020, the United States had no less than thirty-five military bases, manned by 65,000 soldiers, ready go to war in the nations immediately surrounding our feared adversary."-Seymour M. Hersh, author of Reporter: A Memoir

Lipstick Jihad - A Memoir of Growing up Iranian in America and American in Iran (Paperback, New Ed): Azadeh Moaveni Lipstick Jihad - A Memoir of Growing up Iranian in America and American in Iran (Paperback, New Ed)
Azadeh Moaveni 2
R371 R325 Discovery Miles 3 250 Save R46 (12%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

As far back as she can remember, Azadeh Moaveni has felt at odds with her tangled identity as an Iranian-American. In suburban America, Azadeh lived in two worlds. At home, she was the daughter of the Iranian exile community, serving tea, clinging to tradition, and dreaming of Tehran. Outside, she was a California girl who practiced yoga and listened to Madonna. For years, she ignored the tense standoff between her two cultures. But college magnified the clash between Iran and America, and after graduating, she moved to Iran as a journalist. This is the story of her search for identity, between two cultures cleaved apart by a violent history. It is also the story of Iran, a restive land lost in the twilight of its revolution. Moaveni's homecoming falls in the heady days of the country's reform movement, when young people demonstrated in the streets and shouted for the Islamic regime to end. In these tumultuous times, she struggles to build a life in a dark country, wholly unlike the luminous, saffron and turquoise-tinted Iran of her imagination. As she leads us through the drug-soaked, underground parties of Tehran, into the hedonistic lives of young people desperate for change, Moaveni paints a rare portrait of Iran's rebellious next generation. The landscape of her Tehran , ski slopes, fashion shows, malls and cafes , is populated by a cast of young people whose exuberance and despair brings the modern reality of Iran to vivid life.

Honeymoon in Tehran - Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran (Standard format, CD): Azadeh Moaveni Honeymoon in Tehran - Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran (Standard format, CD)
Azadeh Moaveni; Read by Carrington Macduffie
R1,766 R1,528 Discovery Miles 15 280 Save R238 (13%) Out of stock

An American reporter covering the rise of Ahmadinejad in Tehran unexpectedly fell in love and became pregnant, only to find herself the subject of a government investigation.

Honeymoon in Tehran - Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran (Standard format, CD): Azadeh Moaveni Honeymoon in Tehran - Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran (Standard format, CD)
Azadeh Moaveni; Read by Carrington Macduffie
R620 R564 Discovery Miles 5 640 Save R56 (9%) Out of stock

For readers of Kabul Beauty School and Funny in Farsi, the unforgettable story of a young American journalist who falls in love and starts a family in Iran.

Honeymoon in Tehran - Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran (MP3 format, CD): Azadeh Moaveni Honeymoon in Tehran - Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran (MP3 format, CD)
Azadeh Moaveni; Read by Carrington Macduffie
R584 R528 Discovery Miles 5 280 Save R56 (10%) Out of stock

An American reporter covering the rise of Ahmadinejad in Tehran unexpectedly fell in love and became pregnant, only to find herself the subject of a government investigation.

Honeymoon In Tehran (Paperback): Azadeh Moaveni Honeymoon In Tehran (Paperback)
Azadeh Moaveni
R325 R260 Discovery Miles 2 600 Save R65 (20%) Out of stock

Both a love story and a reporter's first draft of history, "Honeymoon in Tehran" is a stirring, trenchant, and deeply personal chronicle of two years in the maelstrom of Iranian life.
In 2005, Azadeh Moaveni, longtime Middle East correspondent for "Time" magazine, returns to Iran to cover the rise of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As she documents the firebrand leader's troublesome entry onto the world stage, Moaveni richly portrays a society too often caricatured as the heartland of militant Islam. Living and working in Tehran, she finds a nation that openly yearns for freedom and contact with the West, but whose economic grievances and nationalist spirit find a temporary outlet in Ahmadinejad's strident pronouncements. Mingling with underground musicians, race car drivers, young radicals, and scholars, she explores the cultural identity crisis and class frustration that pits Iran's next generation against the Islamic system.
And then the unexpected happens: Azadeh falls in love with a young Iranian man and decides to get married and start a family in Tehran. Suddenly, she finds herself navigating an altogether different side of Iranian life. Preparing to be wed by a mullah, she sits in on a government marriage prep class where young couples are instructed to enjoy sex. She visits Tehran's bridal bazaar and finds that the Iranian wedding has become an outrageously lavish-though often still gender-segregated-production. When she becomes pregnant, she must prepare to give birth in an Iranian hospital, at the same time observing her friends' struggles with their young children, who must learn to say one thing at home and another at school.
Despite her busy schedule as a wife and mother, Azadeh continues to report for "Time" on Iran's nuclear standoff with the West and Iranians' dissatisfaction with Ahmadinejad's heavy-handed rule. But as women are arrested on the street for "immodest dress" and the authorities unleash a campaign of intimidation against journalists, the country's dark side reemerges. This fundamentalist turn, along with the chilling presence of "Mr. X," the government agent assigned to mind her every step, forces Azadeh to make the hard decision that her family's future lies outside Iran.
Powerful and poignant, fascinating and humorous "Honeymoon in Tehran "is the harrowing story of a young woman's tenuous life in a country she thought she could change.

"From the Hardcover edition."

Iran Awakening - One Woman's Journey to Reclaim Her Life and Country (Paperback): Shirin Ebadi, Azadeh Moaveni Iran Awakening - One Woman's Journey to Reclaim Her Life and Country (Paperback)
Shirin Ebadi, Azadeh Moaveni
R338 R318 Discovery Miles 3 180 Save R20 (6%) Out of stock

The moving, inspiring memoir of one of the great women of our times, Shirin Ebadi, winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize and advocate for the oppressed, whose spirit has remained strong in the face of political persecution and despite the challenges she has faced raising a family while pursuing her work.
Best known in this country as the lawyer working tirelessly on behalf of Canadian photojournalist, Zara Kazemi - raped, tortured and murdered in Iran - Dr. Ebadi offers us a vivid picture of the struggles of one woman against the system. The book movingly chronicles her childhood in a loving, untraditional family, her upbringing before the Revolution in 1979 that toppled the Shah, her marriage and her religious faith, as well as her life as a mother and lawyer battling an oppressive regime in the courts while bringing up her girls at home.
Outspoken, controversial, Shirin Ebadi is one of the most fascinating women today. She rose quickly to become the first female judge in the country; but when the religious authorities declared women unfit to serve as judges she was demoted to clerk in the courtroom she had once presided over. She eventually fought her way back as a human rights lawyer, defending women and children in politically charged cases that most lawyers were afraid to represent. She has been arrested and been the target of assassination, but through it all has spoken out with quiet bravery on behalf of the victims of injustice and discrimination and become a powerful voice for change, almost universally embraced as a hero.
Her memoir is a gripping story - a must-read for anyone interested in Zara Kazemi's case, in the life of a remarkable woman, or in understanding the political and religious upheaval in our world.

"From the Hardcover edition."

Guest House For Young Widows - Among The Women Of ISIS (Paperback): Azadeh Moaveni Guest House For Young Widows - Among The Women Of ISIS (Paperback)
Azadeh Moaveni 1
R250 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R50 (20%) Out of stock

A gripping account of thirteen women who joined, endured, and, in some cases, escaped life in the Islamic State—based on years of immersive reporting by a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

FINALIST FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PUBLISHERS WEEKLY AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • NPR • Toronto Star • The Guardian

Among the many books trying to understand the terrifying rise of ISIS, none has given voice to the women in the organization; but women were essential to the establishment of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s caliphate.

Responding to promises of female empowerment and social justice, and calls to aid the plight of fellow Muslims in Syria, thousands of women emigrated from the United States and Europe, Russia and Central Asia, from across North Africa and the rest of the Middle East to join the Islamic State. These were the educated daughters of diplomats, trainee doctors, teenagers with straight-A averages, as well as working-class drifters and desolate housewives, and they joined forces to set up makeshift clinics and schools for the Islamic homeland they’d envisioned. Guest House for Young Widows charts the different ways women were recruited, inspired, or compelled to join the militants. Emma from Hamburg, Sharmeena and three high school friends from London, and Nour, a religious dropout from Tunis: All found rebellion or community in political Islam and fell prey to sophisticated propaganda that promised them a cosmopolitan adventure and a chance to forge an ideal Islamic community in which they could live devoutly without fear of stigma or repression.

It wasn’t long before the militants exposed themselves as little more than violent criminals,more obsessed with power than the tenets of Islam, and the women of ISIS were stripped of any agency, perpetually widowed and remarried, and ultimately trapped in a brutal, lawless society. The fall of the caliphate only brought new challenges to women no state wanted to reclaim.

Azadeh Moaveni’s exquisite sensitivity and rigorous reporting make these forgotten women indelible and illuminate the turbulent politics that set them on their paths.

Guest House for Young Widows - Among the Women of Isis (Hardcover): Azadeh Moaveni Guest House for Young Widows - Among the Women of Isis (Hardcover)
Azadeh Moaveni
R625 R511 Discovery Miles 5 110 Save R114 (18%) Out of stock
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