Nadje Al-Ali challenges the myths and misconceptions which have dominated debates about Iraqi women, bringing a much needed gender perspective to bear on the central political issue of our time. She traces the political history of Iraq from post-colonial independence, to the emergence of a womens movement in the 1950s and Saddam Husseins early policy of state feminism. The book also discusses the increases in social conservatism, domestic violence and prostitution, and shows that, far from being passive victims, Iraqi women have been, and continue to be, key political actors. Following the invasion and occupation, Al-Ali analyses the impact of Islam on womens lives and argues that US-led calls for liberation may in the long term serve to oppress the women of Iraq further.
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