Book details

Publication date: January 2021
Features: Index
Keywords: political refugees, Iranian Kurdistan, Peshmerga, Abdullah Öcalan, Ba’ath regime, Syria, political violence, genocide, Zaza Kurds, Female Genital Mutilation, Sulaymani, Komala, PKK, YPG, imprisonment, exile, torture, domestic violence, art, activism, resistance, Rojava, ISIS, Saddam Hussein
Subject(s): BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Genocide & War Crimes, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Middle Eastern Studies, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies, political refugees, Iranian Kurdistan, Peshmerga, Abdullah Öcalan, Ba’ath regime, Syria, political violence, genocide, Zaza Kurds, Female Genital Mutilation, Sulaymani, Komala, PKK, YPG, imprisonment, exile, torture, domestic violence, art, activism, resistance, Rojava, ISIS, Saddam Hussein, Oral History / Kurdish Studies / Women’s Studies, Women's Studies, Literary Nonfiction, Biography: general, Gender studies: women & girls, Genocide & ethnic cleansing
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press, Pluto Press

Houzan Mahmoud. Houzan Mahmoud is a Kurdish feminist, public lecturer, and co-founder of Culture Project. She is the winner of the 2016 Emma Humphreys Memorial Award and the 2018 One Law for All Secularism Award. She has been published in The Independent, The Guardian, and New Statesman.

Diba Alikhani.

Kobra Banehi.

Khanda Hameed.

Nazanin Hasan.

Nafia Aysi Hasso.

Deejila Haydar.

Zhala Hussein.

Ruken Isik.

Seveen Jimo.

Lanja Khawe.

Nahiya Khoshkalam.

Hero Kurda.

Khanda Rashid Murad.

Rozhgar Mustafa.

Dashne Nariman.

Bayan Nasih.

Avan Omar.

Nasrin Ramazanali.

Mother Sabria.

Bayan Saeed.

Bayan Salman.

Farah Shareefi.

Susan Shahab.

Simal (Anonymous).

Shahla Yarhussein.

"For too long, Kurdish women have either been silenced, marginalized, or portrayed as passive victims. In more recent years, we have also seen simplistic media representations glorifying and exoticizing Kurdish women fighting against ISIS. This timely collection, on the other hand, provides us with intimate accounts of every-day lives and resistances of different Kurdish women, showing us not only their hardships but their courage, resolve, and complex humanity."

Nadje Al-Ali, Robert Family Professor of International Studies and Professor of Anthropology and Middle East Studies, Brown University


"Kurdish women have historically been subjected to all sorts of violence and erasure. Behind this backdrop, expressing their own truths--especially writing about their personal lives--is a politically radical stance. This book is a valuable contribution to Kurdish women's collective history-writing."

Dilar Dirik, Kurdish feminist activist and writer


"A fascinating, inspiring journey through the worlds of Kurdish resistance by women in Iraq, Turkey, Iran, Syria, and exile--prisoners of Khomeini or Erdogan, students, warriors, feminists. A real contribution to people's history and women's studies."

Meredith Tax, author of A Road Unforeseen: Women Fight the Islamic State


"This historic anthology is a call for hospitality towards what five generations of Kurdish women carry in them--absolute love, momentary death, irredeemable losses, survival, revolts, and liberations."

Fazil Moradi, Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study, University of Johannesburg


"Captivating women’s stories from all parts of Kurdistan. Stories both intimate and insightful. The narratives are vivid and offer an evocative sense of chaotic politics and longing of Kurdish women for love and freedom."

Shahrzad Mojab, Professor, Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education, University of Toronto


“The test of a great book is that it changes the way we see things. This collection of women’s experiences is profoundly moving and full of insight.”

David McDowall, author of A Modern History of the Kurds

Acknowledgements
Introduction by Houzan Mahmoud
1. For the Execution of My Son, I Did Not Cry; There Was Smoke Coming from My Soul / Told by Mother Sabria and written by Amira Mohammed
2. The Last Cigarette Butt before Execution / Told by Nazanin Hasan and written by Amira Mohammed
3. A Stolen Childhood / Bayan Saeed
4. Run Away: A Vision from a Woman’s Perspective / Bayan Salman
5. There is a Sorrow in My Heart That I Cannot Console / Susan Shahab
6. The Prison Speakers Played Islamic Verses / Kobra Banehi
7. Breaking the Bars of Home and Becoming a Peshmerga / Farah Shareefi
8. Fighting an Islamic Regime / Nasrin Ramazanali
9. Fuchsia Flower of My Brother (Nasiri Khoshkalam)/ Nahiya Khoshkalam
10. The Explorer Who Watched from a School Window / Bayan Nasih
11. The Lost Photos of Engagement / Shahla Yarhussein
12. My Story / Diba Alikhani
13. At the Red Prison, They Want Workers / Rozhgar Mustafa
14. On Art, Womanhood, Being the ‘Other’ / Avan Omar
15. In Search of Kurdishness: Our History, My Life / Simal (Anonymous)
16. ‘To Be Ruken or Not to Be Buket?’ / Ruken Isik
17. Life is an Ongoing Struggle / Khanda Rashid Murad
18. A Woman of the Homeland of Rojava / Nafia Aysi Hasso
19. A Handful of Blood / Khanda Hameed
20. Except for Poetry, Nothing Else Shields Me / Hero Kurda
21. Once Upon a Time in Rojava / Deejila Haydar
22. A Day at Tel-Rafiat / Seveen Jimo
23. This is the Story of My Life / Lanja Khawe
24. I Struggle for Two Types of Liberation: Gender and Human Liberation / Dashne Nariman
25. What Motivated Me to Write? / Zhala Hussein
Index
ISBNs: 9781772125368 978-1-77212-536-8 Title: kurdish womens stories ISBNs: 9781772125405 978-1-77212-540-5 Title: kurdish womens stories