A stirring, provocative and well-made new anthology . . . that rewrites the hoary rules of the foreign correspondent playbook, deactivating the old clichés. Dwight Garner, The New York Times
A growing number of intrepid Arab and Middle Eastern sahafiyat female journalists are working tirelessly to shape nuanced narratives about their changing homelands, often risking their lives on the front lines of war. From sexual harassment on the streets of Cairo to the difficulty of traveling without a male relative in Yemen, their challenges are unique as are their advantages, such as being able to speak candidly with other women at a Syrian medical clinic or with men on Whatsapp who will go on to become ISIS fighters, rebels, or pro-regime soldiers.
In Our Women on the Ground, nineteen of these women tell us, in their own words, about what it s like to report on conflicts that (quite literally) hit close to home. Their daring and heartfelt stories, told here for the first time, shatter stereotypes about the region s women and provide an urgently needed perspective on a part of the world that is frequently misunderstood.
INCLUDING ESSAYS BY: Donna Abu-Nasr, Aida Alami, Hannah Allam, Jane Arraf, Lina Attalah, Nada Bakri, Shamael Elnoor, Zaina Erhaim, Asmaa al-Ghoul, Hind Hassan, Eman Helal, Zeina Karam, Roula Khalaf, Nour Malas, Hwaida Saad, Amira Al-Sharif, Heba Shibani, Lina Sinjab, and Natacha Yazbeck
- Verlag: Penguin Books / Penguin US
- Seitenzahl: 278
- Erscheinungstermin: 6. August 2019
- Abmessung: 195mm x 132mm x 20mm
- Gewicht: 228g
- ISBN-13: 9780143133414
- ISBN-10: 0143133411
- Artikelnr.: 54598659
A refreshing anthology of essays by female writers whose work cut through the many clichés of Middle East reporting. Their accounts provide honest and raw depictions, recounted from their own experiences and from other women whose stories are often overlooked when reporting on foreign policy and conflict.
The New York Times
It has been many years since I have, at the end of a book, felt compelled immediately to start again from the beginning. . . . [A] superb compendium of reporting by Arab women . . . Intelligence and depth of insight . . . radiate[s] from these brilliant journalists.
Bobby Ghosh, Bloomberg
A masterpiece . . . [and] an absolute must-read.
Showcases journalism at its bravest. Determination, grit and humour shine through the writing of reporters who frequently face opposition from their own families.
The Guardian, The Best Books of 2019
Refreshing and revelatory . . . A rich mosaic of an often-misunderstood region . . . [that] allows the authors to represent themselves not merely as female journalists or Arabs but as full human beings.
Several of the[se women] have reported bravely on the conflict in Syria and the travails of women living under ISIS rule. . . . They provide a perspective and a range of contacts and ideas born of experience that had previously been largely missing.
The New York Review of Books
These nineteen brief, riveting essays argue for a more honest, experiential approach [to journalism].
The Times Literary Supplement
These voices and stories are much needed.
In an era where the truth is put up for debate, let s celebrate these women, who venture into conflict to get at the truth.
Remarkable [and] illuminating.
Booklist (starred review)
[A] timely and affecting collection . . . [that] will appeal greatly to readers interested in global women s issues, journalism, and the modern Arab world. . . . Heartrending and deeply humanistic.
Library Journal (starred review)
Offering a blend of memoir, war reporting, cultural commentary, history, and politics, these powerful essays deliver insightful analysis.
These stories from the field are rare and remarkable. . . . A timely, engaging work that reveals why the journalist s profession is so important and so endangered.
Powerful [and] essential.
Candid, evocative and above all, daring.
Harper's Bazaar Arabia
[A] pioneering collection . . . Journalism at its most honest and reflective.
The Arts Desk
Provides an intimate glimpse into the courage and pressures bearing on the determined women who report on their own homelands.
Inspiring and extraordinary.
A beautiful book of gripping and illuminating essays.
A compelling and gripping read.
Middle East Monitor
Out of the gloom of the Middle East, this book brims with new voices Arab women reporting on their world as no one else has seen it. A terrific read, full of insight and surprise.
David E. Hoffman, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Billion Dollar Spy
This astounding, affecting collection offers a sweeping panorama of the contemporary Arab experience. . . . Rich with understanding and sincere emotional connection.
Megan K. Stack, author of Women s Work
A remarkable book that fills a tremendous gap . . . The voices of these trailblazing women are even more vital today.
Hassan Hassan, New York Times bestselling co-author of ISIS
A dazzling book that elegantly demonstrates how to tell stories with humility, affection, and truthfulness.
Azadeh Moaveni, author of Lipstick Jihad and Guest House for Young Widows
Stark and haunting. I loved this book. . . . A must-read.
Janine di Giovanni, author of The Morning They Came for Us
With steely courage and pens of fire, these sahafiyat Arab female journalists tell the stories of their countries conflicts, providing rigor, depth and insight few outside commenters could match.
Molly Crabapple, co-author and illustrator of Brothers of the Gun and author of Drawing Blood
The journalists in this book have demonstrated the highest professional achievements and courage. . . . Without them, the stories of today and tomorrow will remain only partly told.
Christiane Amanpour, from the Foreword