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  1. 4 out of 5

    Nadia

    The sanctions which were imposed on Iraq for more than a decade were totally devastating in every possible way and the effect it had on gender relations is not an exception. Despite that the number of deaths they inflicted is more than the last two wars combined and their devastation that directly affected the 2003 war, this is one of the most whitewashed and underdiscussed periods in the country's history. So this book does exactly what it says it would by showing that. It also provides a The sanctions which were imposed on Iraq for more than a decade were totally devastating in every possible way and the effect it had on gender relations is not an exception. Despite that the number of deaths they inflicted is more than the last two wars combined and their devastation that directly affected the 2003 war, this is one of the most whitewashed and underdiscussed periods in the country's history. So this book does exactly what it says it would by showing that. It also provides a critical review of what the state's gender policy upto that point as well as the political backdrop, but this isn't meant to be a general history. If you're new to the subject and want a broader overview of Iraqi history and gender issues, definitely look into the excellent "Iraqi Women" by Nadje Al-Ali.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Weavre

    Heavy on empirical data, a bit light on qualitative narrative. Al-Jawaheri makes her point strongly, but perhaps not compellingly, at least so far; her statistics and arguments will speak eloquently to some readers, and not at all to others. In any case, it's a fascinating book. I realized that, before reading this, I'd had no inkling of the kinds of changes Iraq had made during the 1970's, before their war with Iran began to stress what was shaping up to be a model economy. Realizing that what Heavy on empirical data, a bit light on qualitative narrative. Al-Jawaheri makes her point strongly, but perhaps not compellingly, at least so far; her statistics and arguments will speak eloquently to some readers, and not at all to others. In any case, it's a fascinating book. I realized that, before reading this, I'd had no inkling of the kinds of changes Iraq had made during the 1970's, before their war with Iran began to stress what was shaping up to be a model economy. Realizing that what I'd pictured as a backwards, oppressive country was--not that long ago--a progressive society that passed legislation ensuring full equal rights for women when even the US failed to do this was a big surprise. Generous, fully-paid maternity leave, incentives for women to enter highly skilled professions (such as medicine), on-site free childcare, and much more ... these things created an environment in which Iraqi women could thrive both personally and professionally just a generation or so ago. Understanding this history makes seeing the changes wrought by a war with religious fundamentalists, an increasingly unstable dictator, and conflict with a major world power all the more poignant; many of the women living in Iraq today remember an earlier time when their society was a model of equality and opportunity for the Arab world. By the end of the book, I had the point many times over: the upheaval in Iraq, particularly the international sanctions imposed on the country, has impacted women's lives differently from men's. If you're as much a fan of descriptive statistics as I am, you'll get a lot from this book--and would probably have fun playing with, say, statestats.com, too. If not, pick something with more narrative and less empirical analysis. OST NEW NON-FIC 1ST FLOOR 305.48 ALJ

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mills College Library

    305.48892 A3162 2008

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