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Dancing in the mosque : an Afghan mother's letter to her son

Author: Ḥumayrā Qādirī; Zaman Stanizai
Publisher: New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2020] ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"In the days before Homeira Qaderi gave birth to her son, Siawash, the road to the hospital in Kabul would often be barricaded because of the frequent suicide explosions. With the city and the military on edge, it was not uncommon for an armed soldier to point his gun at the pregnant woman's bulging stomach, terrified that she was hiding a bomb. Frightened and in pain, she was once forced to make her way on foot.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biographies
History
Biography
Named Person: Ḥumayrā Qādirī
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ḥumayrā Qādirī; Zaman Stanizai
ISBN: 9780062970312 0062970313
OCLC Number: 1143653962
Language Note: Translated from the Persian. Original title unavailable.
Description: 212 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Homeira Qaderi ; translated by Zaman Stanizai.

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"In the days before Homeira Qaderi gave birth to her son, Siawash, the road to the hospital in Kabul would often be barricaded because of the frequent suicide explosions. With the city and the military on edge, it was not uncommon for an armed soldier to point his gun at the pregnant woman's bulging stomach, terrified that she was hiding a bomb. Frightened and in pain, she was once forced to make her way on foot. Propelled by the love she held for her soon-to-be-born child, Homeira walked through blood and wreckage to reach the hospital doors. But the joy of her beautiful son's birth was soon overshadowed by other dangers that would threaten her life. No ordinary Afghan woman, Homeira refused to cower under the strictures of a misogynistic social order. Defying the law, she risked her freedom to teach children reading and writing and fought for women's rights in her theocratic and patriarchal society. Devastating in its power, Dancing in the Mosque is a mother's searing letter to a son she was forced to leave behind. In telling her story--and that of Afghan women--Homeira challenges you to reconsider the meaning of motherhood, sacrifice, and survival. Her story asks you to consider the lengths you would go to protect yourself, your family, and your dignity" --Amazon.

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