Unbowed: An Algerian Woman Confronts Islamic Fundamentalism / Edition 1

Unbowed: An Algerian Woman Confronts Islamic Fundamentalism / Edition 1

by Khalida Messaoudi, Elisabeth Schemla
     
 

In 1993, a handwritten envelope arrived in Khalida Messaoudi's mailbox. In it was an official communique announcing that she had been condemned to death by the Islamic Salvation Front. This letter came after a series of threats and an attempt on her life in retaliation for her role as a leader of the feminist and democratic movements in Algeria and a fierce

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In 1993, a handwritten envelope arrived in Khalida Messaoudi's mailbox. In it was an official communique announcing that she had been condemned to death by the Islamic Salvation Front. This letter came after a series of threats and an attempt on her life in retaliation for her role as a leader of the feminist and democratic movements in Algeria and a fierce opponent of Islamic fundamentalism.

Messaoudi did not flee from this threat by seeking refuge outside her country. Instead, she went into hiding within Algeria, where she continues her fight for emancipation and independence from religious extremism. Her battle continues today with the same goal—to restore in Algeria what she describes as "the basics of dignity"—a woman's right to pursue her studies, practice a profession, make a living, marry and divorce freely, and walk the streets without a veil.

Readers of Unbowed will have the unique opportunity to sit in on a series of intensely personal conversations between Messaoudi and renowned journalist Elisabeth Schemla. In their discussions, Messaoudi gives a first-hand perspective of the situation in her homeland. She remembers the Algeria of her youth, recounts the changes that have gradually consumed her country, and laments the horrifying realities that face Algerian women today. She also tells her own story of terror, despair, hope, and determination.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812216578
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/1998
Series:
Critical Authors and Issues Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.54(d)

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Table of Contents

Translator's Note
Prologue
1The "Quite Beneficial" Years1
2The Islam of My Youth9
3The Women of the "Deep Interior"18
4The Daughter of Voltaire and of Averroes29
5Code of the Family, Code of Infamy46
6Khomeini? Never Heard of Him!63
7A Teacher During the Upheaval71
8"I'm Still Wondering About October 1988"82
9A Bomb in Algeria: The F.I.S.91
10At the Heart of the F.I.S., Sexuality108
11The Interruption of the Electoral Process: Historic Error or Patriotic Duty?117
12Is There a Way Out of the Impasse?133
Epilogue: Algeria Today148
Glossary153
Biographical Profile of Khalida Messaoudi161
Death Sentence for Khalida Messaoudi Sent by the F.I.S. on June 12, 1993165

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