Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize, Azadeh Moaveni’s Guest House for Young Widows is a gripping account of thirteen young women who were variously recruited, inspired, or compelled to leave their lives and, in some cases, countries, to join ISIS. Azadeh offers a nuanced and meticulously researched explanation of the global appeal of violent jihadism, and visceral descriptions of the brutality that awaited these young women seeking community and empowerment. With some still stranded by the Caliphate’s fall, this is an urgent important book.
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Azadeh Moaveni is the author of Lipstick Jihad, the co-author, with Nobel Peace prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, of Iran Awakening and, most recently, Guest House for Young Widows: Women and ISIS. Since 1999, she has reported widely from Iran on youth culture, women’s rights, and Islamic reform for Time, The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, NPR, and The Los Angeles Times. She is currently a senior gender analyst for the International Crisis Group.
Sophie McNeill is a Walkley Award-winning investigative reporter for ABC’s Four Corners. A former ABC foreign correspondent based in the Middle East, she's worked across the region, including in countries such as Afghanistan, Israel, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen, Egypt, Turkey and Gaza. Sophie has twice been awarded Australian Young TV Journalist of the Year and previously worked as a reporter for ABC's Foreign Correspondent and SBS's Dateline program and is a former host of Triple J's news and current affairs program Hack. We Can't Say We Didn't Know is her first book.