A Road Unforeseen by Meredith Tax
Women Fight the Islamic State

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Most of Tax’s work illuminates a complex political and military history that is enlightening. But it isn’t until Chapter Five, nearly half way through the book, that women really become prominent, and then only for that one chapter.
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“This is the book I’ve been waiting for—only it’s richer, deeper, and more intriguing than I could have imagined. A Road Unforeseen is a major contribution to our understanding of feminism and Islam, of women and the world, and gives me fresh hope for change.” —Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed and Living With a Wild God

In war-torn northern Syria, a democratic society—based on secularism, ethnic inclusiveness, and gender equality—has won significant victories against the Islamic State, or Daesh, with women on the front lines as fierce warriors and leaders.

A Road Unforeseen recounts the dramatic, underreported history of the Rojava Kurds, whose all-women militia was instrumental in the perilous mountaintop rescue of tens of thousands of civilians besieged in Iraq. Up to that point, the Islamic State had seemed invincible. Yet these women helped vanquish them, bringing the first half of the refugees to safety within twenty-four hours.

Who are the revolutionary women of Rojava and what lessons can we learn from their heroic story? How does their political philosophy differ from that of Iraqi Kurdistan, the Islamic State, and Turkey? And will the politics of the twenty-first century be shaped by the opposition between these political models?

Meredith Tax is a writer and political activist. Author, most recently, of Double Bind: The Muslim Right, the Anglo-American Left, and Universal Human Rights, she was founding president of Women’s WORLD, a global free speech network of feminist writers, and cofounder of the PEN American Center’s Women’s Committee and the International PEN Women Writers’ Committee. She is currently international board chair of the Centre for Secular Space and lives in New York.
 

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Meredith Tax is a writer and political activist whose work includes Double Bind: The Muslim Right, the Anglo-American Left, and Universal Human Rights; The Rising of the Women: Feminist Solidarity and Class Conflict, 1880–1917; two historical novels, Rivington Street and Union Square, and the children’s picture book Families. She has also written political and literary articles for the Nation, Guardian, Village Voice, Dissent, openDemocracy, and other publications. She was founding president of Women’s WORLD, a global free speech network of feminist writers, and cofounder of the PEN American Center’s Women’s Committee and the International PEN Women Writers’ Committee. She is currently board chair of the Centre for Secular Space and lives in New York.
 
Published August 1, 2016 by Bellevue Literary Press. 336 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Elayne Clift on Aug 22 2016

Most of Tax’s work illuminates a complex political and military history that is enlightening. But it isn’t until Chapter Five, nearly half way through the book, that women really become prominent, and then only for that one chapter.

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