Revolution in Rojava: Democratic Autonomy and Women's Liberation in the Syrian Kurdistan

Revolution in Rojava Democratic Autonomy and Women s Liberation in the Syrian Kurdistan Given the widespread violence and suffering in Syria it s not unreasonable that outsiders look at the situation as unrelentingly awful And while the reality of the devastation is undeniable there is

  • Title: Revolution in Rojava: Democratic Autonomy and Women's Liberation in the Syrian Kurdistan
  • Author: Anja Flach Michael Knapp Ercan Ayboga
  • ISBN: 9780745336640
  • Page: 120
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Given the widespread violence and suffering in Syria, it s not unreasonable that outsiders look at the situation as unrelentingly awful And while the reality of the devastation is undeniable, there is reason for hope in at least one small pocket of the nation the cantons of Rojava in Syrian Kurdistan, where in the wake of war people are quietly building one of the mostGiven the widespread violence and suffering in Syria, it s not unreasonable that outsiders look at the situation as unrelentingly awful And while the reality of the devastation is undeniable, there is reason for hope in at least one small pocket of the nation the cantons of Rojava in Syrian Kurdistan, where in the wake of war people are quietly building one of the most progressive societies in the world today Revolution in Rojava tells the story of Rojava s groundbreaking experiment in what they call democratic confederalism, a communally organized democracy that is fiercely anti capitalist and committed to female equality, while rejecting reactionary nationalist ideologies Rooted in the ideas of imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan, the system is built on effective gender quotas, bottom up democratic structures, far sighted ecological policies, and a powerful militancy that has allowed the region to keep ISIS at bay This first full length study of democratic developments in Rojava tells an extraordinary and powerfully hopeful story of a little known battle for true freedom in dark times.

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    1. The only more important thing going on this world than the Revolution in Rojava is the ecological crisis. The world, and especially the international left, ignores this at their own peril.An absolutely fascinating book on contemporary history (mostly focused on the years 2011-2016) on a topic that is being wildly ignored by most media because they simply lack the language, and the knowledge to even understand what's going on there. The idea that democracy might take a form other than the pervert [...]

    2. In Rojava, not one line will be drawn around any patch of soil on the basis of ethnicity, language, religion, or culture. A great resource on the revolution in Rojava, the new society that they're trying to build, and the challenges they face.It's insane to me that they're able to build a society more egalitarian and more democratic than ours, and in the middle of a war zone. Highlights:A popular joke in the Democratic Autonomy: (view spoiler)[“In this part of the world,” the familiar joke w [...]

    3. This was an absolutely essential book in understanding the movement in Rojava and the political situation in Syria. Couldn't recommend this book more!

    4. Отличная книга, знакомящая читателя с Западным (и не только) Курдистаном и его идеями со всех сторон. Рассмотрена и краткая история, которая определила специфику региона, от самого его начала, и все структуры организации жизни нового не-государства. Словом, представляется, [...]

    5. Rojova is a region in Norther Syria where people are trying to live what could be considered as one of the most advanced form of democracy where women have the same rights as men and local assemblies are always co-chaired by a man and a woman. Furthermore, It is a pluralistic society where people from different religions and background coexist in a peaceful manner. These are the people Western countries and Turkey called terrorists. Well, let me tell you: I would rather live with that kind of "t [...]

    6. The Rojava Revolution might be the single bright spot in authentic, emancipatory politics since Catalonia in the 1930s. While the West is struggling to revive its social democratic platforms the Kurds of northern Syria have pursued libertarian socialist, ecologically minded, radical feminist policies under siege conditions. In reading "Revolution in Rojava" I felt it was important to tease out the lessons of their revolution and where else they may apply. Context remains key to understanding Roj [...]

    7. Few people are aware of what is happening in this region, which is a shame. Who would have thought we could look to war-ravaged Syria for an example of people organizing a society based on citizen participation, gender equality, and anti-state principles? This is a thorough, outstanding look at the region, its history and current struggles, and the people attempting to build a just society in the face of the Syrian regime, Islamic State, Turkey's anti-Kurdish attitudes and actions, and an econom [...]

    8. Wow. One of the best / most inspiring non-fiction books I've read in a long time. They could have so easily phoned it in, since it's pretty much the only book (at least the only book I could find) that goes into this level of detail about the Rojava revolution, and yet they totally went all out in documenting 15 different "dimensions" of the revolution. I highly recommend for anyone, especially if you want to have your Western-media-induced stereotypes about social+political movements in the Mid [...]

    9. Need to get up to speed on the syrian conflict? This will get you a good way there, with a solid dose of the underpinnings of the northern front.

    10. A very rigorous starting point to understand the autonomous and democratic project developing in Nortern Syria (West Kurdistan). Highly recommend for anyone interested in the topic!

    11. I'd heard very little about Rojava prior to this book. It's just not something you hear about in what we keep being told is a struggle between "The West" and Daesh/"ISIS". But right in the middle of a place torn apart by Western imperialism and domestic forces of reaction, there's a wonderful and radically new experiment in society forming on its own terms in Syrian Kurdistan: a stateless, decentralized, diverse society that views political liberation and female liberation as necessarily intertw [...]

    12. Excellent breakdown of the political and military situation that dispelled the narrative that has been allowed to grow particularly about the YPJ. Fantastically researched and objective in analysis this book is a must read for anyone interested in the Kurdish struggle against ISIS and their Caliphate amorous fellow travellers or the Syrian civil war in general.

    13. It offers an interesting overview of what is happening in Rojava, but as the author's write early on, they are implicitly and unreservedly biased which I think serves the importance of what is happening in Rojava poorly.First the good stuff, it gives a thorough overview of the recent history and the power structures that have been implemented in Rojava, covering much of the specific ins and outs. There is much that is good and praise worthy about what they are apparently attempting to do there ( [...]

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