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In Syria, before its civil war, she documents a complex society in the midst of soul searching about its place in the world and about the role of women. In Lebanon, she documents a country that on the surface is freer than other Arab nations but whose women must balance extreme standards of self-presentation with Islamic codes of virtue. In Abu Dhabi, Zoepf reports on a generation of Arab women who've found freedom in work outside the home. In Saudi Arabia she chronicles driving protests and women entering the retail industry for the first time. In the aftermath of Tahrir Square, she examines the crucial role of women in Egypt's popular uprising. Deeply informed, heartfelt, and urgent, Excellent Daughters brings us a new understanding of the changing Arab societies - from 9/11 to Tahrir Square to the rise of ISIS - and gives voice to the remarkable women at the forefront of this change.
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By Nathan Wilkinson on 07-28-16
A unique and enlightening perspective
Would you consider the audio edition of Excellent Daughters to be better than the print version?
This book was very interesting and enlightening. Most of what we see about the Arab world in the US is filtered through governments and news networks. It was so refreshing to see how these diverse Arab women are changing their societies, without leaving out the myriad of problems still faced by women in the Middle East.
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By Zuzana B on 07-02-17
Best book on Middle East written this decade
If you could sum up Excellent Daughters in three words, what would they be?
Accurate portrayal of Arab culture - finally
What other book might you compare Excellent Daughters to and why?
Have you listened to any of Katherine Zoepf’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This is the first
What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?
The notion and importance of honor in the society
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