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By Manal Omar

"Walk barefoot and the thorns will damage you…" ―Iraqi-Turkmen proverb

A riveting tale of desire and depression, of elation and longing, Barefoot in Baghdad takes you to front traces of a special form of conflict, the place the unsung freedom warring parties are powerful, vibrant―and female.

An American reduction employee of Arab descent, Manal Omar strikes to Iraq to aid as many ladies as she will be able to rebuild their lives. She fast reveals herself drawn into the saga of a humans decided to upward push from the ashes of battle and sanctions and rebuild their lives within the face of crushing chaos. this can be a chronicle of Omar's friendships with a number of Iraqis whose lives are crumbling earlier than her eyes. it's a story of affection, as her courting with one Iraqi guy intensifies in a rustic in turmoil. And it's the heartrending tales of the ladies of Iraq, as they grapple with what it potential to be lady in a place of birth you not recognize.

"Manal Omar captures the advanced truth of residing and dealing in war-torn Iraq, a fact that tells the tale of affection and desire in the middle of bombs and explosions."―Zainab Salbi, founder and CEO of ladies for girls overseas, and writer (with Laurie Becklund) of the nationwide bestselling ebook Between Worlds: get away from Tyranny: becoming Up within the Shadow of Saddam

"A attention-grabbing, sincere, and encouraging portrait of a women's rights activist in Iraq, suffering to aid neighborhood girls whereas exploring her personal identification. Manal Omar is a talented advisor into Iraq, as she is familiar with the zone, speaks Arabic, and wears the veil. At turns humorous and tragic, she consists of a strong message for ladies, and supplies it via attractive storytelling."―Christina Asquith, writer of Sisters in warfare: a narrative of affection, kinfolk and Survival within the New Iraq

"At turns humorous and tragic…a strong message for ladies, [delivered] via appealing storytelling."―Christina Asquith, writer of Sisters in War

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I was not sure why he had launched into such an intense subject with me so soon. Zainab smiled at us from the doorway. “Don’t worry, Uncle Fahad. Manal has spent most of her life in America,” she said. “She is more American than Arab, even her Islamic side. ” Then she turned to me and explained. “My uncle is worried you are a Wahhabi or a fundamentalist. The fact that you are coming from America and wearing a veil leads people to assume you are an extremist. Also, many Iraqis are frustrated with Arab talk of insurgents.

I couldn’t wait to describe everything I had seen this week: the city, the women, the program we were starting. Most of all, I couldn’t wait to tell them that I had been right all along. Everything was going to be just fine. Although life in Iraq instantly grew on me, it would be misleading to say I quickly grew on the new Iraq. I desperately fought back the feeling that I was the odd woman standing. It all started when Mark introduced me to our three national staff members. Without any programs established, our staff consisted only of a local logistics team: Yusuf, Fadi, and Mais.

Com Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Omar, Manal M. Barefoot in Baghdad : a story of identity—my own and what it means to be a woman in chaos / by Manal M. Omar. p. cm. 1. Women—Iraq—Social conditions. 2. Muslim women—Iraq. 3. Muslim women—United States. 4. Iraq—Social conditions. I. Title. 48’89275670090511—dc22 2010010666 Table of Contents Front Cover Copyright Dedication Acknowledgments Author's Note Introduction Chapter One Chapter Two Chapter Three Chapter Four Chapter Five Chapter Six Chapter Seven Chapter Eight Chapter Nine Chapter Ten Chapter Eleven Chapter Twelve Chapter Thirteen Chapter Fourteen Chapter Fifteen Chapter Sixteen Chapter Seventeen Epilogue Reading Group Guide About the Author Take Action Back Cover Dedication To my parents, Dr.

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