As it can be gathered from the title, religion is a big theme in this book. As far as I understand, Umayma – the planet where the book takes place – is colonised by Muslims, judging by several mentions of mosques, traditional clothes and set prayer hours. I am not an expert on Theology however, so my sincerest apologies if I am wrong. To Nyxnissa or Nyx, however, religion matters very little. She is a Bel Dame – a lady bounty hunter paid to collect the heads of deserters. And she’s the deadliest of them all – her numerous young lovers can attest to that. She is a citizen of Nasheen, a country where matriarchy prevails and women are the ones participating in violent things that (for some ungodly reason) are still viewed as masculine in our world. Nasheenian ladies show, quite correctly, that “she who fights like a girl” is a thing people should be afraid of.
I may not know much about Muslim feminists, but I read a rather absurd article recently that denied they even existed. “God’s War” is arguably an interesting and eye-opening insight into leading Muslim ladies and shows that they can be just as awesome and unique as women who don’t follow Islam. Intersectional feminism is a phenomenon that not many people know about, which is why we need books like “God’s War” to understand other cultures.