Noga Efrati's book is a most welcome addition to a number of recent studies of politics and society in Iraq under the mandate and monarchy that have demonstrated the richness of political and social life during that period. -- Peter Sluglett, University of Utah, author of Britain in Iraq: Contriving King and Country Looking at the past through the lens of the present and the present through the lens of the past, Noga Efrati effectively shows how under Western rule Iraqi women's rights became a victim not once but twice, in eerily similar circumstances. In the first half of the twentieth century, the British occupation and Hashemite monarchy it spawned used tribal and family law to make women second-class citizens, disenfranchising them in the process. Women's activists fought for their rights, Efrati tells us, just as those in American-occupied Iraq in the early twenty-first century fought for theirs, opposing political marginalization, retribalization, and communalization of family law. For anyone trying to understand the contradictions and casualties of occupation, Women in Iraq is a must-read. -- Beth Baron, City University of New York Efrati's book is a remarkable study that deserves much praise. -- Orit Baskin Taarii Newsletter
About the Author
Noga Efrati is a research fellow at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and headed the Truman Institute's Post-Saddam Iraq Research Group from 2006 to 2011. A historian of the Middle East, her research focuses on the social and political history of Iraq.