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is regarded as a `classical patriarchal’ society, where old social tradition,
religious doctrine and socio-economic and cultural backwardness have made women
second-class citizens. But how
have women-on different levels-lived in Afghanistan? How have they treated been
treated, both in the private sphere and in public? And how did they resist
mistreatment during the war inside Afghanistan, in refugee camps or in
diaspora? Who are the sponsors and perpetrators of human rights violations
against Afghanistani women? What are the connections between Islam, local
customs, the mistreatment of women, and women’s connectedness to revolution and
jihad? This book provides answers to these questions through an
innovative study of the life and short stories of one of the country’s leading
female writers, Maryam Mahboob. If
offers a completely different image of both the suffering and resistance of
Afghanistani women than that we in the `West’ have come to know.
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