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Our Women on the Ground

Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World

Zahra Hankir Zahra Hankir Christiane Amanpour Zahra Hankir



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20 August 2019
Literary essays; Reportage & collected journalism; Cultural studies; Feminism & feminist theory; Gender studies: women
'Determination, grit and humour shine through' Lindsey Hilsum, Observer Nineteen Arab women journalists speak out about what it's like to report on their changing homelands in this first-of-its-kind essay collection. 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 travelling 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. With a foreword by CNN chief international anchor Christiane Amanpour. 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
By:   Zahra Hankir, Zahra Hankir
Foreword by:   Christiane Amanpour
Edited by:   Zahra Hankir
Imprint:   Harvill
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   275g
ISBN:   9781787301702
ISBN 10:   1787301702
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   20 August 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Zahra Hankir (Edited by) Zahra Hankir is a Lebanese-British journalist who writes about the intersection of politics, culture, and society in the Middle East. Her work has appeared in Vice, BBC News, Al Jazeera English, Bloomberg Businessweek, Roads & Kingdoms, and Literary Hub, among others. She was awarded a Jack R. Howard Fellowship in International Journalism to attend the Columbia Journalism School and holds degrees in politics and Middle Eastern studies from the American University of Beirut and the University of Manchester.

Reviews for Our Women on the Ground: Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World

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 Showcases journalism at its bravest. Determination, grit and humour shine through the writing. -- Lindsey Hilsum * Observer Books of the Year * A stirring, provocative and well-made new anthology . . . a book that banishes all manner of silences... that rewrites the hoary rules of the foreign correspondent playbook, deactivating the old cliches. -- Dwight Garner * New York Times * [An] inspiring and extraordinary essay collection... the stories these women have to tell are unique, and deeply needed at a time when our gaze so often turns to what's happening in the Arab world. -- Sarah Shaffi * Stylist * Compelling... With this book, Hankir shines a light on the strength of those who have reported on war and womanhood and invites us to listen to what they have to say . I urge you to accept her invitation. -- Sarah Collins * The Arts Desk * The essays are at turns searing, poignant, and funny, but what shines through in all of them is the sheer strength of the women writing. -- Kim Ghattas * The Atlantic * 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 * Candid, evocative and above all, daring. * Harper's Bazaar Arabia * 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. * Refinery29 * Groundbreaking and intimate...allows the reader to imagine what current affairs coverage would look like if it was a continuous examination of a country's evolution from the perspective of those who live there. -- Zara Meerza * Literary Hub * An intimate glimpse into the courage and pressures bearing on the determined women who report on their own homelands... These sahafiyat are observers as well as insiders... while the women display remarkable resilience, they also speak of dilemmas and loss with heart-breaking clarity. Each has made great sacrifices and is trying to process where she stands. -- Judith Matloff * Chatham House * Refreshing (and long overdue) . . . Will appeal to readers of all genders and backgrounds who want to broaden their understanding of the Arab world. * * A dazzling book that elegantly demonstrates how to tell stories with humility, affection, and truthfulness. -- Azadeh Moaveni * author of Lipstick Jihad * A remarkable book. The voices of these trailblazing women are even more vital today, when the region's upheaval cannot be explained without local, and especially female, perspectives. * Hassan Hassan, New York Times bestselling co-author of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror * With steely courage and pens of fire, these sahafiyat - Arab female journalists - tell the stories of their country's conflicts, providing rigor, depth and insight few outside commenters could match. -- Molly Crabapple * author of Drawing Blood * In this groundbreaking anthology, Arab women write of the challenges and beauty of reporting from their homelands. They tell stories of activism, arrest, motherhood, joy, despair, exile and pain, and of how they crossed boundaries and pushed the limits professionally, culturally, and personally. I loved this book, a must-read. -- Janine di Giovanni * author of The Morning They Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria * The authors are a who's who of excellent women writers who have done some of the best journalism in the Arab world. -- Kareem Shaheen * Book Riot * 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, with courage, inspiration, and resilience. A terrific read, full of insight and surprise. -- David E. Hoffman * former foreign editor of The Washington Post and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal * An astounding, affecting collection. Rich with understanding and sincere emotional connection to the people and places that drive the news, this book contains voices that are both fresh and necessary. -- Megan K. Stack * author of Women's Work: A Reckoning with Work and Home * A compelling and gripping read . . . Hankir has created a book that we are all desperate to read. * Middle East Monitor *

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