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Iranian Women and Gender in the Iran-Iraq War

Iranian Women and Gender in the Iran-Iraq War Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/jmews/article-pdf/17/3/454/1169811/454zehtabi.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 30 March 2022 REVIEW Mateo Mohammad Farzaneh Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2021 457 pages. ISBN 9780815637103 Reviewed by MARYAM ZEHTABI Mateo Mohammad Farzaneh’s book is a meticulous chronicle of the lives of Iranian women who contributed to the eight-year war between their country and Iraq. Overcoming pre- scribed gender roles and cultural taboos, many women flocked to the war zone to be part of what they believed a “holy defense.” They volunteered, with mostly no financial com- pensation, to take up arms, nurse the wounded, gather intelligence, and work at mor- tuaries, laundry facilities, kitchens, and so on, yet their work and sacrifices have been either not recognized by the general public or trivialized by the very men they worked with. Considering the paucity of material regarding women’s contributions in the war either by or about them, Farzaneh’s book is a welcome intervention in a field that takes men’s stories of heroism for granted and looks at women’s with skepticism. The first two chapters provide the much-needed background for the war and establish why women’s participation in it in different capacities defied the patriarchal configurations of femininity that prevailed in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Middle East Women's Studies Duke University Press

Iranian Women and Gender in the Iran-Iraq War

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Copyright © 2021 by the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies
ISSN
1552-5864
eISSN
1558-9579
DOI
10.1215/15525864-9306902
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Abstract

Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/jmews/article-pdf/17/3/454/1169811/454zehtabi.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 30 March 2022 REVIEW Mateo Mohammad Farzaneh Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2021 457 pages. ISBN 9780815637103 Reviewed by MARYAM ZEHTABI Mateo Mohammad Farzaneh’s book is a meticulous chronicle of the lives of Iranian women who contributed to the eight-year war between their country and Iraq. Overcoming pre- scribed gender roles and cultural taboos, many women flocked to the war zone to be part of what they believed a “holy defense.” They volunteered, with mostly no financial com- pensation, to take up arms, nurse the wounded, gather intelligence, and work at mor- tuaries, laundry facilities, kitchens, and so on, yet their work and sacrifices have been either not recognized by the general public or trivialized by the very men they worked with. Considering the paucity of material regarding women’s contributions in the war either by or about them, Farzaneh’s book is a welcome intervention in a field that takes men’s stories of heroism for granted and looks at women’s with skepticism. The first two chapters provide the much-needed background for the war and establish why women’s participation in it in different capacities defied the patriarchal configurations of femininity that prevailed in

Journal

Journal of Middle East Women's StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Nov 1, 2021

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