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Conversion to Christianity

Edited by Robert Hefner

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 1993 | ISBN: 9780520078352
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520912564 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520078352.001.0001
Conversion to Christianity

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Reaching beyond sensational headlines, this book offers a three-dimensional portrait of Afghan women. In a series of wide-ranging, deeply reflective chapters, scholars, humanitarian workers, politicians, and journalists—most with extended experience inside Afghanistan—examine the realities of life for women in both urban and rural settings. They address topics including food security, sex work, health, marriage, education, poetry, politics, prisoners, and community development. Eschewing stereotypes about the burqa, the chapters focus instead on women's empowerment and agency, and their struggles for peace and justice in the face of a brutal ongoing war. A fuller picture of Afghanistan's women past and present emerges, leading to social policy suggestions and pragmatic solutions for a peaceful future.

Keywords: Afghan women; community development; food security; sex work; health; marriage; education; poetry; politics; prisoners

Book.  345 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology of Religion

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