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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host a discussion on “Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS,” with author Azadeh Moaveni, October 22 in Washington, DC

Johns Hopkins SAIS will host Azadeh Moaveni to discuss her book, “Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS,” which is an account of thirteen women who joined, and in some cases, escaped life in the Islamic State. The event is presented by the school’s Middle East Studies program. During the event, Moaveni will discuss the process of writing the book and address the following topics:

  • ISIS State propaganda for women
  • Role of women within ISIS
  • Radicalization process

Azadeh Moaveni 
Author and Journalist
Lecturer, New York University, London
Time and Date
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Johns Hopkins SAIS
500 Bernstein-Offit Building
1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
Members of the working press can request to cover the event by contacting Jason Lucas via email at [email protected]. Final media access will be confirmed at least one day prior to the event. Pre-authorized camera setup will only be permitted from 4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Please note: Interviews may only be conducted with the speaker within 500 Bernstein-Offit Building following the event.
Media Contact
Jason Lucas
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
+1 (202) 663-5620 office
+1 (202) 422-2652 mobile
[email protected]
About the Speaker
Azadeh Moaveni is a journalist, writer, and academic who has been covering the Middle East for nearly two decades. She started reporting in Cairo in 1999, while on a Fulbright fellowship to the American University in Cairo. For the next several years she reported from throughout the region as Middle East correspondent for Time, based in Tehran, Iran. Moaveni is the author of “Lipstick Jihad, Honeymoon in Tehran” and co-author, with Shirin Ebadi, of “Iran Awakening.” In November 2015, she published a front-page piece in The New York Times on ISIS women defectors that was finalist for a Pulitzer Prize as part of the Times's ISIS coverage. Her writing appears in The Guardian, The New York Times, and the London Review of Books. She teaches journalism at NYU London, was a fellow at the New America Foundation, and is a Senior Gender Analyst at the International Crisis Group.
About Johns Hopkins SAIS
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school's interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today.
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