From Library Journal
In the past year, many books have been compiled to address Americans' general unawareness of Afghanistan and the plight of its people. This one covers that vacuum by telling the story of Afghan women through their own voices. Cofounder of the human rights group Women for Afghan Women and director of grants at the Sister Fund in New York City, Mehta has compiled essays from a wide variety of women, both Afghan (Sima Wali, Saira Shah) and American (Gloria Steinem, Angela King), who are active in human rights and have personal experiences in Afghanistan. This collection traces the history of Afghan women's rights and roles through the latter decades of the last century. Several essays delve into the respected role of women in the Muslim faith; others discuss the ramifications of the Soviet invasion and Taliban rule. The book concludes with essays on solutions for the future and reasons for hope. This particularly well-written, readable work provides timely insights and information about the people of Afghanistan and the faith of Islam. Recommended in addition to basic sources about the region.Deborah Bigelow, Leonia P.L., NJ
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"A very valuable addition to the spate of recent works on Afghanistan."--B. Tavakolian, Choice
"...this excellent collection...provides both basic information for a newcomer...and sophisticated critiques...."--Amy Zalman, Women's Review of Books
“Over the last few months, many people have spoken on behalf of Afghan women; this book serves the invaluable function of allowing them to speak for themselves.” —Amitav Ghosh, author of The Glass Palace
“This stimulating collection gives a voice to women whose voices have been
shrouded in silence. To read the words of many of these remarkable women
is to understand the truth behind-and beyond-the burqa.” —Shashi Tharoor, author and Head of the Department of Public Information, United Nations
“The writing in this book gives testament to the brilliance, power and potential of the women of Afghanistan. These voices must be heard.” —Eve Ensler, author, The Vagina Monologues and Necessary Targets
“...some survival stories make history. In this regard, the women in Afghanistan and refugee Afghan women worked in the shadows to preserve their dignity. I commend the members of ‘Women for Afghan Women’ for this illuminating collection of essays.” —Asma Jahangir, Supreme Court of Pakistan; UN envoy
“...Women were responsible for mobilizing international public opinion against the Taliban and for rescuing Afghanistan.This book ensures that their story is told, that their struggle is not forgotten and that it continues as Afghan women try and rebuild their shattered lives and country.” —Ahmed Rashid, author of Taliban
"In the past year, many books have been compiled to address Americans'
general unawareness of Afghanistan and the plight of its people. This one covers that vacuum by telling the story of Afghan women through their own voices...This particularly well-written, readable work provides timely insights and information about the people of Afghanistan and the faith of Islam. Recommended in addition to basic sources about the region."
-- Deborah Bigelow, Library Journal
...provide[s] an antidote to Western arrogance...attempt[s] to give a voice to the world's unheard women.
-Washington Post Book World