With careful attention to the history and theories of the movement, immersive observations from distinct field sites, and insightful interviews from the ground, Dilar Dirik’s book The Kurdish Women’s Movement presents a masterful account of the movement from its start in the 1970s to the recent political conflicts in Bakur, Rojava, and Bashur. The book lays out the principles and practices of this organized struggle against colonial states and oppressive mentalities and illuminates the painful losses and glorious resistance of Kurdish women, inviting the reader on a journey of revolutionizing life.

Dirik explains her primary aim in the book as “to introduce the scope and scale of the revolutionary Kurdish women’s liberation movement’s political vision and practice from its own viewpoint, with the hope of building bridges between struggles for liberation” (xix). Engaged with ideas and practices of other system-critical social movements, and with a sincere and bold embrace of...

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