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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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