By Meredith Tax
In war-torn northern Syria, a democratic societybased on secularism, ethnic inclusiveness, and gender equalityhas gained major victories opposed to the Islamic kingdom, or Daesh, with girls at the entrance strains as fierce warriors and leaders.
A street Unforeseen recounts the dramatic, underreported historical past of the Rojava Kurds, whose all-women military was once instrumental within the perilous mountaintop rescue of tens of hundreds of thousands of civilians besieged in Iraq. as much as that time, the Islamic nation had appeared invincible. but those girls helped vanquish them, bringing the 1st half the refugees to defense inside of twenty-four hours.
Who are the innovative ladies of Rojava and what classes do we study from their heroic tale? How does their political philosophy vary from that of Iraqi Kurdistan, the Islamic country, and Turkey? and should the politics of the twenty-first century be formed by way of the competition among those political models?
Meredith Tax is a author and political activist. writer, such a lot lately, of Double Bind: The Muslim correct, the Anglo-American Left, and common Human Rights, she used to be founding president of Women’s global, an international unfastened speech community of feminist writers, and cofounder of the PEN American Center’s Women’s Committee and the overseas PEN ladies Writers’ Committee. She is presently overseas board chair of the Centre for Secular area and lives in New York.
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The vast majority are raped, including young children, since Daesh doctrine says it is okay to marry nine-year-old girls. Women who try to resist are killed, or put out in the sun until they die of heat prostration. 18 A prepubescent twelve-year-old Yazidi girl who escaped after eleven months in captivity told The New York Times of repeated rapes by her “owner:” “Because the preteen girl practiced a religion other than Islam, the Quran not only gave him the right to rape her—it condoned and encouraged it, he insisted.
Why were the left-wing militias of Rojava, despite their lack of sophisticated equipment and before they had any air support, the only ground forces able to resist Daesh? Does their military success have something to do with their ability to draw on the strength of women? Or with their commitment to bottom-up democracy? This book is an attempt to address these questions. Like a gyroscope, it revolves on two axes. One is the collision of three visions of social organization, all reflections of larger global paradigms but particularly intense in Kurdistan: the Islamism of Daesh, the “capitalist modernity” (Ocalan’s phrase) of the Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq, and the new kind of left-wing, nonstate, democratic formation developing in the liberated cantons of Syria.
23 To Ocalan, the Neolithic village was an Eden where women had power and status equal to or possibly greater than that of men; only when males began to dominate did our species turn to war, empire, and slavery. In this part of Ocalan’s thought, he is a classical Marxist, following in the tradition of Engels’ Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State: “The overthrow of mother-right was the world historical defeat of the female sex. ”24 This theory of human development may be based on very little solid evidence, but it has great and enduring power as a myth of The Fall.