Guest House For Young Widows

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01Before The Arab Spring2020030220200303 (R4)

Azadeh Moaveni's acclaimed, insightful and considered account is about a cast of young women from Tunisia, Germany, the UK and the Middle East who joined ISIS. Nadia Albina is the reader.

Azadeh Moaveni's book is an intimate portrait of a handful of young women who made the shocking decision to join the Islamic State. Moaveni takes us into the inner world and daily lives of an unforgettable cast of girls and women. We encounter Nour from Tunis; Emma from Frankfurt; Asma who has just moved from Damascus to Raqqa with her family, and the Bethnal Green girls who made the headlines when they left their successful school careers and boarded a plane bound for Turkey.

The decisions each woman makes are discomforting, but as Azadeh Moaveni delves into their motivations, empathetic and unsettling complexities emerge.

Journalist, writer and academic, Azadeh Moaveni, has covered the Middle East for almost two decades. She is the author of Lipstick Jihad and Honeymoon in Tehran. Together with the Nobel Peace Laureate, Shirin Ebadi, she wrote Iran Awakening. Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS is her latest book and was shortlisted for the Baille Gifford Prize for non-fiction.

Abridged by Penny Leicester
Produced by Elizabeth Allard

Azadeh Moaveni's acclaimed account is about a cast of young women who joined ISIS

01Before the Arab Spring2020030220200303 (R4)

Azadeh Moaveni's acclaimed, insightful and considered account is about a cast of young women from Tunisia, Germany, the UK and the Middle East who joined ISIS. Nadia Albina is the reader.

Azadeh Moaveni's book is an intimate portrait of a handful of young women who made the shocking decision to join the Islamic State. Moaveni takes us into the inner world and daily lives of an unforgettable cast of girls and women. We encounter Nour from Tunis; Emma from Frankfurt; Asma who has just moved from Damascus to Raqqa with her family, and the Bethnal Green girls who made the headlines when they left their successful school careers and boarded a plane bound for Turkey.

The decisions each woman makes are discomforting, but as Azadeh Moaveni delves into their motivations, empathetic and unsettling complexities emerge.

Journalist, writer and academic, Azadeh Moaveni, has covered the Middle East for almost two decades. She is the author of Lipstick Jihad and Honeymoon in Tehran. Together with the Nobel Peace Laureate, Shirin Ebadi, she wrote Iran Awakening. Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS is her latest book and was shortlisted for the Baille Gifford Prize for non-fiction.

Abridged by Penny Leicester
Produced by Elizabeth Allard

Azadeh Moaveni's acclaimed account is about a cast of young women who joined ISIS

Azadeh Moaveni's acclaimed account is about a cast of young women who joined ISIS.

02Making Choices2020030320200304 (R4)

Azadeh Moaveni's acclaimed account is an intimate portrait of a handful of young women who made the shocking decision to join the Islamic State. In today's episode, the promise of the Arab Spring is fading for Nour who lives in Tunis; in Frankfurt Emma becomes romantically involved; and for Asma, in Syria, the drumbeats of war are beating.

Journalist, writer and academic, Azadeh Moaveni, has covered the Middle East for almost two decades. She is the author of Lipstick Jihad and Honeymoon in Tehran. Together with the Nobel Peace Laureate, Shirin Ebadi, she wrote Iran Awakening. Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS is her latest book and was shortlisted for the Baille Gifford Prize for non-fiction.

Nadia Albina reads
Abridged by Penny Leicester
Produced by Elizabeth Allard

Azadeh Moaveni's acclaimed book explores what motivated a cast of young women to join ISIS

Azadeh Moaveni's acclaimed account is about a cast of young women who joined ISIS.

03The Bethnal Green Girls2020030420200305 (R4)

Azadeh Moaveni's intimate portrait explores the lives of four teenage girls from Bethnal Green. Vivacious and excelling at school, what drew them to make the shocking decision to join ISIS?

Azadeh Moaveni's acclaimed account was shortlisted for the Baille Gifford Prize for non-fiction. It tells the stories of a selection of young women who made the unsettling decision to sign up to the Islamic State.

Journalist, writer and academic Azadeh Moaveni covered the Middle East for almost two decades. She is the author of Lipstick Jihad and Honeymoon in Tehran. Together with the Nobel Peace Laureate, Shirin Ebadi, she wrote Iran Awakening.

Read by Nadia Albina.
Abridged by Penny Leicester
Produced by Elizabeth Allard

Azadeh Moaveni's intimate portrait turns to four girls from Bethnal Green.

Azadeh Moaveni's acclaimed account is about a cast of young women who joined ISIS.

04New Realities2020030520200306 (R4)

Azadeh Moaveni's acclaimed and considered account about the complexities that persuaded a cast of young women to join ISIS. Today, Moaveni explores their expectations and the realities of their new lives under the regime.

Journalist, writer and academic Azadeh Moaveni has covered the Middle East for almost two decades. She is the author of Lipstick Jihad and Honeymoon in Tehran. Together with the Nobel Peace Laureate, Shirin Ebadi, she wrote Iran Awakening. Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS is her latest book and was shortlisted for the Baille Gifford Prize for non-fiction.

Nadia Albina reads
Abridged by Penny Leicester
Produced by Elizabeth Allard

In Azadeh Moaveni's acclaimed account, the young women contend with life under ISIS.

Azadeh Moaveni's acclaimed account is about a cast of young women who joined ISIS.

In Azadeh Moaveni's acclaimed account, the young women contend with ife under ISIS.

05Fall Out2020030620200307 (R4)

Azadeh Moaveni's acclaimed, considered and complex account about a cast of young women who made the shocking decision to join ISIS. Today, their choices exact a high price, and there are also unsettling consequences.

Journalist, writer and academic Azadeh Moaveni has covered the Middle East for almost two decades. She is the author of Lipstick Jihad and Honeymoon in Tehran. Together with the Nobel Peace Laureate, Shirin Ebadi, she wrote Iran Awakening. Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS is her latest book and was shortlisted for the Baille Gifford Prize for non-fiction.

Nadia Albina reads.
Abridged by Penny Leicester
Produced by Elizabeth Allard

In Azadeh Moaveni's complex account there is fall out for the young women who joined ISIS

Azadeh Moaveni's acclaimed account is about a cast of young women who joined ISIS.