Subscribe to SIAWI content updates by Email
Home > Resources > Announcement: Land of the Unconquerable Lives of Contemporary Afghan (...)

Announcement: Land of the Unconquerable Lives of Contemporary Afghan Women

Sunday 1 May 2011, by siawi

Land of the Unconquerable - Book Announcement

Reaching beyond sensational headlines, this volume at last offers a three-dimensional portrait of Afghan women. In a series of wide-ranging, deeply reflective essays, accomplished 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, community development, and more. Eschewing stereotypes about the burqa, the contributors focus instead on women’s empowerment and agency and on their struggles for peace and justice in the face of a brutal ongoing war.

Contributors and Reviews

CONTRIBUTORS: Lina Abirafeh, Nahid Aziz, Anne E. Brodsky, Shireen Khan Burki, Pamela Chandler, Jo Grace, Nilab Habibi, Susan Hall, Massouda Jalal, Malalai Joya, Amina Kator, Fawzia Koofi, Anna Larson, Rachel Lehr, Mary MacMakin, Margaret A. Mills, Aunohita Mojumdar, Lauryn Oates, Zuzanna Olszewska, Wahid Omar, Adam Pain, Lizette Potgieter, Azita Rafat, Safya Saifi, Sima Samar, Sheryl Shapiro, Deborah J. Smith, Elizabeth Stites, Alisa Tang, Sakena Yacoobi, Dinah Zeiger

“It is far too rare to hear Afghans, particularly Afghan women, speak in their own voices about their realities, and this volume addresses this lack with both courage and clarity.” KAVITA RAMDAS, Fellow at Stanford University and former President of the Global Fund for Women

“This book urgently and importantly avoids politicizing women’s issues for personal gain.” SIMA WALI, former President of Refugee Women in Development and former Peace Talks delegate at the Bonn Conference

This is a valuable book addressing a question that needs to be understood if peace in Afghanistan is ever to be achieved.“HALEH AFSHAR, coauthor of Women in Later Life: Exploring Race and Ethnicity”A timely analysis of Afghan women’s current situation and a significant contribution to an extremely important but still neglected subject. This is essential reading.“HAFIZULLAH EMADI, Development Consultant, Afghanistan”A nuanced picture that successfully dispels much misinformation. An outstanding volume.“RICKIE SOLINGER, coeditor of Interrupted Life: Experiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States”This apt, interesting, and close-to-the-ground collection about the constraints, opportunities, and contexts in which Afghan women live today is a triumph. Tremendously useful to scholars and activists worldwide." SHAHLA HAERI, Boston University


For desk copies: UC Press Desk Copy

For review copies: Heather Vaughan, heather.vaughan

For other inquiries: Ashraf Zahedi, afghanwomenbook

To order books

UC Press Book Store

Amazon Book Store

Land of the Unconquerable Lives of Contemporary Afghan Women