Wanted Women by Deborah Scroggins
Faith, Lies, and the War on Terror: The Lives of Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Aafia Siddiqui

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It is possible to appreciate both burkas and bikinis and still wonder why this book’s sympathies seem to be with the woman who hoped to speak through the most destructive weaponry available.
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The author of Emma’s War offers a compelling account of the link between Muslim women’s rights, Islamist opposition to the West, and the Global War on Terror, as explored through the experiences of two fascinating female champions from opposing sides of the conflict: Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali and neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui. With Emma’s War: An Aid Worker, A Warlord, Radical Islam and the Politics of Oil, journalist Deborah Scroggins achieved major international acclaim; now, in Wanted Women, Scroggins again exposes a crucial untold story from the center of an ongoing ideological war—laying bare the sexual and cultural stereotypes embraced by both sides of a conflict that threatens to engulf the world.
 

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A journalist and nonfiction author, Deborah Scroggins holds a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University. Her first book, Emma's War: An Aid Worker, A Warlord, Radical Islam and the Politics of Oil, was translated into ten languages and won the Ron Ridenhour Prize for reflecting the values of truth-telling and social justice. Scroggins has also written for Vogue, Granta, The Nation, the Sunday Times Magazine and many other publications. As a foreign correspondent for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she won two Overseas Press Club awards, the Robert F. Kennedy Award, and a Sigma Delta Chi award for her coverage of Africa and the Middle East. She lives with her family in Massachusetts.
 
Published January 17, 2012 by Harper. 573 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Eliza Griswold on Jan 27 2012

...“Wanted Women” serves as a valuable contribution to contemporary history, recounting two ways in which a modern woman’s identity can be hers for the making — even if the outcome is tragic.

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Reviewed by Dwight Garner on Jan 15 2012

It is possible to appreciate both burkas and bikinis and still wonder why this book’s sympathies seem to be with the woman who hoped to speak through the most destructive weaponry available.

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