We’ve all heard of ISIS, we know Iraqi forces flee from them. But have you heard of the Kurdish women warriors of Rojava? ISIS is scared of them. And nation/state powers like Turkey also fear them. Who are these new genuinely democratic, egalitarian, secular Kurds? In her new book, A Road Unforeseen: Women Fight The Islamic State, author and feminist Meredith Tax shows how a new vision may be springing from the ancient cradle of civilisation.

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