Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS


by Azadeh Moaveni

A gripping account of thirteen women who joined, endured, and, in some cases, escaped life in the Islamic State—based on years of immersive reporting by a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

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Guest House for Young Widows charts the different ways women were recruited, inspired, or compelled to join the militants. Emma from Hamburg, Sharmeena and three high school friends from London, Nour, a religious dropout from Tunis: all found rebellion or community in political Islam and fell prey to sophisticated propaganda that promised them a cosmopolitan adventure and a chance to forge an ideal Islamic community where they could live devoutly without fear of stigma or repression.

It wasn’t long before the militants exposed themselves as little more than violent criminals, more obsessed with power than the tenets of Islam, and the women of ISIS were stripped of any agency, perpetually widowed and remarried, and ultimately trapped in a brutal, lawless society. The fall of the caliphate only brought new challenges to women no state wanted to reclaim.

Moaveni’s sensitivity and reporting makes these forgotten women indelible and illuminates the turbulent politics that set them on their paths.

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Book Condition

Used – Good




330 pages


September 10, 2019 by Random House


Nonfiction, Feminism, History, Politics


Orwell Prize Nominee for Political Writing for Longlist (2020),
The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction Nominee for Shortlist (2019),
Rathbones Folio Prize Nominee (2020)

Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS


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