Record Details

Catalog Search

Dancing in the mosque : an Afghan mother's letter to her son  Cover Image Book Book

Dancing in the mosque : an Afghan mother's letter to her son / Homeira Qaderi ; translated by Zaman Stanizai.

Qādirī, Ḥumayrā, 1979- (author.). Stanizai, Zaman, (translator.).


"In the days before Homeira Qaderi gave birth to her son, Siawash, the road to the hospital in Kabul would often be barricaded because of the frequent suicide explosions. With the city and the military on edge, it was not uncommon for an armed soldier to point his gun at the pregnant woman's bulging stomach, terrified that she was hiding a bomb. Frightened and in pain, she was once forced to make her way on foot. Propelled by the love she held for her soon-to-be-born child, Homeira walked through blood and wreckage to reach the hospital doors. But the joy of her beautiful son's birth was soon overshadowed by other dangers that would threaten her life. No ordinary Afghan woman, Homeira refused to cower under the strictures of a misogynistic social order. Defying the law, she risked her freedom to teach children reading and writing and fought for women's rights in her theocratic and patriarchal society. Devastating in its power, Dancing in the Mosque is a mother's searing letter to a son she was forced to leave behind. In telling her story--and that of Afghan women--Homeira challenges you to reconsider the meaning of motherhood, sacrifice, and survival. Her story asks you to consider the lengths you would go to protect yourself, your family, and your dignity" --Amazon.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780062970312
  • ISBN: 0062970313
  • Physical Description: 212 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2020]

Content descriptions

Language Note:
Translated from the Persian. Original title unavailable.
Subject: Qādirī, Ḥumayrā, 1979 or 1980-
Women > Afghanistan > Biography.
Mothers and sons.
Social conditions.
Afghanistan > Social conditions.
Afghanistan > History > 1989-2001.
Genre: Autobiographies.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Homer Library. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Homer Library System. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Homer Public Library.


  • 0 current holds with 1 total copy.
Show Only Available Copies
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Homer Public Library 891.5533 QAD (Text) 000159265 Nonfiction Available -

Additional Resources