- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Scribner; 1 edition (Oct. 20 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 143910946X
- ISBN-13: 978-1439109465
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.6 x 2.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 422 g
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #534,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice Hardcover – Oct 20 2009
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"The bravest woman in Afghanistan." " -- BBC News" --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Malalai Joya, at only 30 years of age, has been called “the most famous woman in Afghanistan” and compared to democratic leaders such as Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi. Born in Afghanistan’s remote Farah Province, she grew up in refugee camps in Iran and Pakistan before returning to Afghanistan as a social activist and a teacher at underground girls’ schools during the Taliban’s reign. In 2003 she was elected to Afghanistan’s constitutional assembly and, two years later, was the youngest person elected to Afghanistan’s new Parliament, a post from which she was suspended in 2007 for her regular denunciation of the country’s warlords and their cronies in government.
Top customer reviews
As Afghanistan is not a recommended travel destination, Joya's book will take you there safely, but prepare to feel sorrow and horror for our fellow human beings and for the disinformation campaign about the real reasons for our armed occupation. There is no joy in wealth acquired with the lives of others.
Malalai Joya begs us to really listen to the people, the ordinary people, the majority in Afghanistan. She tries as best as she can to give them a voice, to speak and write on their behalf.
Yes, we know very little of what is really happening in Afghanistant but Malalai Joya's account of the situation there is worth the reading. And then, we also will need to speak out...
So yes, this book is probably more than you'd expect at first glance. I cannot help but think that it describes a tragedy in regards to content. I stand in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan. I hope above all else that they may obtain amelioration, though it is unlikely, unless we insist on justice for all and seek to end xenophobia. Aside from the factual, contextual and practical modern relevance of these pages, I must note the quality in which this book is written, indeed quite high.
If you have come this far, I would advise you to obtain a copy for a read through.
Highly recommended, I hope many, many people will read this book. If you have even the slightest interest about the Afghanistan situation, I believe you will find it worth your while.
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