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Women, War and Islamic Radicalisation


This book is the first study of Afghanistan women’s literature in any language and took a long time to materialise. It could not have happened without the support of many people and organisations, including my family and colleagues at Monash University. Among them, my special thanks go to my colleague Vivien Seyler who read the manuscript many times and made editorial suggestions. I am thankful to the Australian Research Council’s grant that facilitated this study. Of course I am solely responsible for the errors and the shortcomings of the book. I would like to thank Afghanistan National Archive and its director, Masuma Nazari, who permitted the publication of the photos and the painting from its collection. I also wish to thank Maryam Mahboob and Gharzai Laeq for giving me permission to publish photos from their private collections.

I am grateful to the editors and publishers of those journals where portions of the material in this study previously appeared:

‘Obedient and resistant: Afghanistani women in Maryam Mahboob’s short stories’, Women’s studies international forum, 31 [2008] (5).

‘Women and war in the works of two female Afghanistani writers’, Critique: critical Middle Eastern studies, 28 [2009] (2).

‘Exile, gender and identity: the short stories of Afghanistani author Maryam Mahboob’, Social identities: journal for the study of race, nation and culture, 20 [2014] (2–3).

‘War and the radicalisation of Afghanistani society in Maryam Mahboob’s short stories’, Women’s studies, 45 [2016] (1).

Women, War and Islamic Radicalisation

   by Faridullah Bezhan