Book details

Publication date: January 2021
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 Humphrey’s Memorial Award and the 2018 One Law for All Secularism Award. She has been published in The Independent, The Guardian, and New Statesman.

"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 Ali-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

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