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Guest House for Young Widows: Among the women of ISIS

An intimate, deeply reported account of a number of unforgettable young women who made a shocking decision: to leave their comfortable lives behind and join the Islamic State. All from urban families, some were still in school; some with university degrees and bookshelves filled with novels by Jane Austen and Dan Brown; and many with cosmopolitan dreams of travel and adventure. But instead of finding a land of justice and piety, they found themselves trapped within the most brutal terrorist regime of the twenty-first century—a world of chaos and upheaval and violence.

Azadeh Moaveni is a journalist, writer, and academic who has been covering the Middle East for nearly two decades. She is the author of Lipstick Jihad and Honeymoon in Tehran, and the co-author, with Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi, of Iran Awakening. In November 2015 she published a front-page article in the New York Times on ISIS women defectors that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist as part of the Times’s ISIS coverage. Her writing appears in the Guardian, the New York Times, and the London Review of Books. She teaches journalism at NYU in London, and is now senior gender analyst at the International Crisis Group.

Guest House for Young Widows: Among the women of ISIS by Azadeh Moaveni
Scribe, 1 October 2019

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