As the war in Ukraine appears to be moving toward a new and potentially even more brutal stage, the number of those widowed will increase. In the coming months and years, war widows will face significant challenges, from finding missing partners to receiving different forms of legal, financial and psychological counseling.
Despite having founded the Tudor dynasty, amassed a fortune, and successfully navigated the shark-infested waters of 15th century English royal politics, Margaret Beaufort remains unknown for the same reason she accomplished so much: women were undervalued and thus seemingly inconsequential.
Hind marched with Quraysh to battle, then stormed the field with other women to mutilate the corpses of the Muslims, slashing off noses and ears and fashioning them into necklaces. It’s said that she gouged out the liver of Muhammad’s uncle Hamza and bit into it.
The future husband rapes the young woman shortly after having kidnapped her (it is estimated that there are 2,000 rapes preceding marriage a year), thus condemning her as his wife, for returning to her family after that would be a deep mark of shame.
Everything from our expectations and background, to social mediators like teachers, critics, and influencers, and even the book's cover design can subtly change how we read a book in translation.