Author: Souad Mekhennet

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Women in Journalism: The Middle East

July 25, 2022 Uncategorized 9 ★★★★½

Women in Journalism: The Middle EastTitle: I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad
Author: Souad Mekhennet
Source: Library
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Rating:four-half-stars

Summary: Of the three memoirs I’ve read by female journalists in the Middle East, this was by far the best, in part because it had the most cohesive framework for understanding the region.

I wanted to review this with the two other books I read about female journalists in the Middle East, but I’m glad I didn’t finish it in time. It was less similar than the other two books. It was also by far the best book of the three and I’m happy to devote a post to it. Author Souad Mekhennet is a Muslim German woman who has experienced the bigoted behavior that many of the terrorists that she interviews say started them down that path. She’s able to leverage her identity to make contacts and enter spaces not available to other journalists. She does this bravely and at incredible personal risk. Her mother is a Shia Muslim and her father a Sunni Muslim. The author is able to talk to them to give a more personal perspective as she covers sectarian conflict in the Middle East. Read more »

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