The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Published February 2021 

Available in the Richland Library collection in the following formats: print , eBook via Libby/OverDrive

In 2014, northeastern Syria might have been the last place you would expect to find a revolution  centered on women’s rights. But that year, an all-female militia faced off against ISIS in a little  town few had ever heard of: Kobani. By then, the Islamic State had swept across vast swaths of  the country, taking town after town and spreading terror as the civil war burned all around it.  From that unlikely showdown in Kobani emerged a fighting force that would wage war against  ISIS across northern Syria alongside the United States. In the process, these women would spread  their own political vision, determined to make women’s equality a reality by fighting—house by  house, street by street, city by city—the men who bought and sold women. 

Based on years of on-the-ground reporting, The Daughters of Kobani is the unforgettable story of  the women of the Kurdish militia that improbably became part of the world’s best hope for  stopping ISIS in Syria. Drawing from hundreds of hours of interviews, bestselling author Gayle  Tzemach Lemmon introduces us to the women fighting on the front lines, determined to not only  extinguish the terror of ISIS but also prove that women could lead in war and must enjoy equal  rights come the peace. In helping to cement the territorial defeat of ISIS, whose savagery  toward women astounded the world, these women played a central role in neutralizing the threat the group posed worldwide. In the process they earned the respect—and significant  military support—of U.S. Special Operations Forces. 

Rigorously reported and powerfully told, The Daughters of Kobani shines a light on a group of women intent on not only defeating the Islamic State on the battlefield but also changing women’s lives in their corner of the Middle East and beyond. ~ From the Publisher 

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