Veiled Threat

Veiled Threat

The Hidden Power of the Women of Afghanistan

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
Afghan women victimized by the Taliban share their stories, discussing the dynamics of women's rights in Afghanistan, secret efforts to provide women with education and health care, and the political distortion of Islamic values.

Perseus Publishing
The women of Afghanistan lived a five-year nightmare under the Taliban regime. In Veiled Threat, Sally Armstrong introduces several of these women ? including the interim minister of women’s affairs, Dr. Sima Samar ? who describe the living hell they experienced as well as the quiet rebellion (clandestine schools for girls and health clinics for women) that took place in an effort to subvert the Taliban’s hateful edicts. One of the first Western journalists to visit Afghanistan, Armstrong provides an insider’s view of the plight of women there. She also reviews the ebb and flow of women’s rights in Afghanistan, and accuses the Taliban and other fundamentalist leaders of distorting Islam for political opportunism.

The women of Afghanistan lived a five-year nightmare under the Taliban regime. In Veiled Threat, Sally Armstrong introduces several of these women?including the deputy prime minister of Afghanistan, Dr. Sima Samar?who describe the living hell they experienced as well as the quiet rebellion?clandestine schools for girls and health clinics for women?that took place in an effort to subvert the Taliban's hateful edicts.

One of the first Western journalists to visit Afghanistan, Armstrong gives us an insider's view of the deplorable situation. She also provides a broader perspective, leading us through the history of Afghanistan, including the ebb and flow of women's rights. She examines what the Koran actually says about women. She points a finger at the international community for accepting women's oppression in the name of culture, and she accuses the Taliban and other fundamentalist leaders of distorting Islam for political opportunism.

While there have been other books about the women in Afghanistan, VEILED THREAT holds a unique position. There have been two autobiographies: ZOYA'S STORY and MY FORBIDDEN FACE; a photo book, UNVEILED; and a book about RAWA (Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan) called VEILED COURAGE. VEILD THREAT is much broader in its approach.


Blackwell North Amer
Veiled Threat is Sally Armstrong's testimony to what she saw in Afghanistan. It not only describes the Taliban's brutality, but also the enduring courage of the women who resisted it for five years. Her account is both panoramic and nuanced: she describes the "dreadfully misogynist interpretation of Islam" that has taken hold in much of the region and then focuses on the individuals who have suffered under its yoke. She tells the story of Dr. Sima Samar, a deputy prime minister who operated secret schools and hospitals for girls, and many others whose small acts of resistance were statements of freedom and fortitude.
Forced to wear body-length covering, unable to venture into public by themselves, the women of Afghanistan not only endured, they triumphed. Armstrong's narrative honors their struggles and finally gives them a voice. She places the Taliban within a historical framework of fundamentalist regimes that have used the Koran as a tool of political oppression against women. She also points a finger at the international community for accepting misogyny in the name of culture. Honest and compassionate, wide-reaching and intimate, Veiled Threat is the most detailed account we have of the Taliban's outrages against women.

Baker
& Taylor

Shares the stories of several Afghanistan women who have been victimized by the Taliban regime, discussing the dynamics of women's rights in the region, secret ongoing efforts to provide women with educations and health care, and the ways in which Islamic values have been distorted for political reasons.

Publisher: New York : Four Walls Eight Windows, 2002
ISBN: 9781568582528
1568582528
Branch Call Number: 305.42 Armstrong 2002
Characteristics: xv, 223 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm

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