✶ [BOOKS] ✪ Excellent Daughters By Katherine Zoepf ❀ – Thomashillier.co.uk For than a decade Katherine Zoepf has lived in or traveled throughout the Arab world reporting on the lives of women whose role in the region has never been in flux Only a generation ago female adoles For than a decade Katherine Zoepf has lived in or traveled throughout the Arab world reporting on the lives of women whose role in the region has never been in flux Only a generation ago female adolescence as we know it in the West did not exist in the Middle East There were only children and married women Today young Arab women outnumber men in universities and a few are beginning to face down religious and social tradition in order to live independently to delay marriage and to pursue professional goals Hundreds of thousands of devout girls and women are attending ur’anic schools—and using the training to argue for greater rights and freedoms from an Islamic perspective And in young women helped to lead antigovernment protests in the Arab Spring But their voices have not been heard Their stories have not been toldIn Syria before its civil war she documents a complex society in the midst of soul searching about its place in the world and about the role of women In Lebanon she documents a country that on the surface is freer than other Arab nations but whose women must balance extreme standards of self presentation with Islamic codes of virtue In Abu Dhabi Zoepf reports on a generation of Arab women who’ve found freedom in work outside the home In Saudi Arabia she chronicles driving protests and women entering the retail industry for the first time In the aftermath of Tahrir Suare she examines the crucial role of women in Egypt's popular uprising Deeply informed heartfelt and urgent Excellent Daughters brings us a new understanding of the changing Arab societies—from to Tahrir Suare to the rise of ISIS—and gives voice to the remarkable women at the forefront of this change.
- 258 pages
- Excellent Daughters
- Katherine Zoepf
- 26 November 2014 Katherine Zoepf