Two Sisters

Two Sisters

A Father, His Daughters, and Their Journey Into the Syrian Jihad

eBook - 2018 | First American edition.
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The riveting story of two sisters' journey to the Islamic State and the father who tries to bring them home. Asne Seierstad puts the problem of radicalization into painfully human terms, using instant messages and other primary sources to reconstruct a family's crisis from the inside. Eventually, she takes us into the hellscape of the Syrian civil war, as Sadiq risks his life in pursuit of his daughters, refusing to let them disappear into the maelstrom. This is a relentless thriller and a feat of reporting with profound lessons about belief, extremism, and the meaning of devotion.
Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, [2018]
©2018
Edition: First American edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780374716288
0374716285
9780374279677
0374279675
Characteristics: 1 online resource (vi, 418 pages)
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Contents: The rupture
Veiled
Blind man's bluff
In
Early teens
The mission
Eating with the devil
Norway, thine is our devotion
This attire
It's all about the heart
Valentine's Ummah
Target practice
Halal dating
Paragraphs
Strange bird
Separation
Fraud in the name of god
The October Revolution
Dance macabre
Blueprint
Home
A kind, wonderful man
Spoils of war
The end of sykes-picot
God is not great
Not without my daughters
New year, new opportunities
Housewives of Raqqa
Boys of Norway
Shoot the girls if you want!
Ramadan
A different life
Voices in the mind
Legacy
The basis of the book
Glossary
References.
Summary: The riveting story of two sisters' journey to the Islamic State and the father who tries to bring them home. Asne Seierstad puts the problem of radicalization into painfully human terms, using instant messages and other primary sources to reconstruct a family's crisis from the inside. Eventually, she takes us into the hellscape of the Syrian civil war, as Sadiq risks his life in pursuit of his daughters, refusing to let them disappear into the maelstrom. This is a relentless thriller and a feat of reporting with profound lessons about belief, extremism, and the meaning of devotion.

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lianaherman
Jul 22, 2019

Asne has done it again. Like in the Bookseller of Kabul, she has beautifully narrated a tragic story, this time a true one, about a family who was torn apart when the sisters left for Syria. Everyone should read this book, as extremism can happen anywhere in the world to vulnerable individuals.

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EmilyEm
Nov 17, 2018

Well told. Maybe more than you ever want to know. I didn’t read it all. I just wonder where the sisters are now as this part of Syria has been even more battered since 2016--this book's end.

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krsbozo
Aug 13, 2018

I really liked this book. The author is an excellent journalist who cares deeply about the subject. She tells the tale of two young women who radicalized and joined the Islamic State in Syria. If you are interested in why someone would make such a decision, you will learn about it by reading this book.

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jazpur
Jun 16, 2018

A heart wrenching documentary on radicalism and its effects on a family and its community.

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StarGladiator
Apr 09, 2018

Strongly, strongly recommend this book, it should shock sane and thinking people into some type of sensible thought, much the same as young, educated women are shocked when I mention the estimated one-half million [or greater] female genital mutilation operations which have been performed in the United States of America!
If ever there was a book explaining the anti-assimilation of some people/groups [i.e., the amorality component], this is it! [Couldn't wait for the library to receive this, actually purchased this from the local book store, but of course, thanks to Jeff Bezos' Amazon, the resale value is around $1.00. I have long believed that NPR is as equally propagandistic as Fox, et cetera. Today there has been a misunderstanding, or clever ruse, confusing diversity with anti-assimilation. When those individuals and groups wish to foist their barbaric practices on the country they emigrate to, they should be banned and deported to their countries of origin. No sympathy for any of those types. Diversity is good and positive and required for progress - - but that IS NOT the same as anti-assimilation! Thought badly about everyone the family featured.]

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