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.
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. * NPR.org * 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 *