Veiled Threat by Sally Armstrong
The Hidden Power of the Women of Afghanistan

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The women of Afghanistan lived a five-year nightmare under the Taliban regime. In Veiled Threat, Sally Armstrong introduces several of these women—including the deputy prime minister of Afghanistan, Dr. Sima Samar—who describe the living hell they experienced as well as the quiet rebellion—clandestine schools for girls and health clinics for women—that took place in an effort to subvert the Taliban's hateful edicts.

One of the first Western journalists to visit Afghanistan, Armstrong gives us an insider's view of the deplorable situation. She also provides a broader perspective, leading us through the history of Afghanistan, including the ebb and flow of women's rights. She examines what the Koran actually says about women. She points a finger at the international community for accepting women's oppression in the name of culture, and she accuses the Taliban and other fundamentalist leaders of distorting Islam for political opportunism.

While there have been other books about the women in Afghanistan, VEILED THREAT holds a unique position. There have been two autobiographies: ZOYA'S STORY and MY FORBIDDEN FACE; a photo book, UNVEILED; and a book about RAWA (Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan) called VEILED COURAGE. VEILD THREAT is much broader in its approach.
 

About Sally Armstrong

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Sally Armstrong is an Amnesty International award-winner, a member of the Order of Canada, a documentary filmmaker, teacher, author, human rights activist and contributing editor at "Maclean's" magazine. She has covered stories in conflict zones from Bosnia and Somalia to Rwanda and Afghanistan. Armstrong's bestselling book, Veiled Threat: The Hidden Power of the Women of Afghanistan, was published in 2002.
 
Published January 1, 2002 by Viking Penguin. 208 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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As for religious matters, she realizes that interpretation is everything and that ultimately “the Koran can be interpreted however the local power-brokers want,” but she is quick to condemn much of the international community for its silence about Afghan women, particularly the UN (“While UN offi...

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Editor-in-chief of the Canadian magazine Homemaker's, Armstrong went to Afghanistan in 1997 to search for Dr. Sima Samar, a remarkable woman famous for working underground against the Taliban by keeping schools and medical clinics open for women.

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