How women of Isis in Syrian camps are marrying their way to freedom Islamic State

Some family disharmony and beliefs were painful to contemplate but contained sly humour. I liked the stories best where clever women secretly took revenge on their men. I enjoyed how the writing followed the rhythm of the Syrian speech patterns and their expressions, and that unfamiliar words were translated for the reader.

  • The concept of Zaffe is not limited to wedding events, and it was originally used to welcome and escort political figures.
  • I was just glad our author saw an opportunity to improve her own life.
  • The first reason relates to natural-basic feeling of all brides, prior their marriage, as Rim explains “Every girl in my age dreams about a husband and waits for him a long time.

A collection of short stories illustrating the everyday life of married women in Aleppo, Syria, Syrian Brides was a quick, humorous read with stories that still elicit a smile when I think about them. Each story was around the length of a chapter and standalone which made it easy to pick up in between tasks like dinner, baby wrangling, and nap time. Syrian Brides is a collection of short stories centred around married life in Syria . In quick, skilful strokes Halabi sketches out the intricacies of marriage for men and women, young and old. There is the story of the woman who cheekily takes in two gullible store owners and manages to get away with a hundred thousand liras worth of jewellery. The woman who uses cunning to cure her husband of his fondness for his late wife.

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I’m always eager to learn more about different cultures, so I decided to check it out for myself. Similarly, the couple’s excited and eligible single friends prick and pinch their knees and toes, believing that soon the universe will bless them with a loving life partner. One might assume that a Syrian marriage is all about age-old tedious rituals, but the reality is a different spectrum. The groom’s friends start the event by gathering at his home and escorting him to the hammam. While the groom takes the last shower as a bachelor, his friends continue to celebrate the final hours of his bachelorhood by singing and dancing. However, the main difference is that the event is for the groom, and it is an actual shower party.

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The author has a dedication to “all the strong Syrian women, enduring battles– at home and at war in their homeland.” Each of the eleven stories is strong, no ‘fillers’ or weaknesses. Naturally, I liked one or two more than the others, but even when I didn’t care for the outcome of a given story, I respected the lesson learned from it. This book created a little buzz a few months back, piquing my curiosity.

Nagwa explains “It was hard to adjust the difference between the developed city to the less developed, common village”. Secondly, the criticism against the bribes, as Asil, Morgana and Nagwa describe, “everyone was criticizing my behavior and the way I am dressing… In Syria I used to feel special, for I was allowed to dress in this manner that was forbidden for most parts in the village… Every place has its own culture and it was very difficult for me to be restricted and criticized in the village”. As Morgana describes “I was in shock constantly, I thought all the time about my parents and how I left them. I felt I was entering into a long, dark maze in which its end is unknown, until I would get to know it better and find the light”. Asil explains “all faces seemed strange, because I didn’t know anyone there.

A beautiful view into the culture of Syrian women, their lives and relationships.” — L.H. My friend’s mother began married life without friends or family, but made the most of it over the years and has been relatively happy.

These stories are full of whip smart dialogue, is very fresh and quite clever, and often ironic. The tone is often humorous, but these stories have a bite to them.

I’m a hard sell on short story collections purely because I love a book the size of a brick with a ton of character development which results in my not bonding with short stories so well. I’m also a harder sell on books like this, I’ve been flip flopping around the Middle East for so long it takes a lot for a book like this to catch my attention when the world around me is so vivid. Syrian Brides is a collection of short stories about the everyday life of women in Syria.

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