Nine Parts of Desire

The Hidden World of Islamic Women

Brooks, Geraldine

(Book - 2005?)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Nine Parts of Desire
With a New Afterword As a prizewinning foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal , Geraldine Brooks spent six years covering the Middle East through wars, insurrections, and the volcanic upheaval of resurgent fundamentalism. Yet for her, headline events were only the backdrop to a less obvious but more enduring drama: the daily life of Muslim women. Nine Parts of Desire is the story of Brooks' intrepid journey toward an understanding of the women behind the veils, and of the often contradictory political, religious, and cultural forces that shape their lives. Defying our stereotypes about the Muslim world, Brooks' acute analysis of the world's fastest growing religion deftly illustrates how Islam's holiest texts have been misused to justify repression of women, and how male pride and power have warped the original message of a once liberating faith.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, [2005?], c1995
Edition: 1st Anchor Book Trade Pbk. ed., with a new afterword
ISBN: 9780385475778
Branch Call Number: 305.4869 B873n 2005
Characteristics: 260 p. :,map ;,21 cm


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Dec 23, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Of all recent books on the Middle East this must be the most revealing! Brooks set out to understand the female role in Islam, and here is her very personal account of her meetings with Muslim women (including the widow of the Ayatollah Khomeini) who welcomed her into their world. Sometimes sad, often shocking, but always frank and compassionate, this is a book I could not put down!

Mar 01, 2013

Are there any copies of the English version? So many copies of the Korean edition is great for Korean readers, but English would be nice (at least one copy?) Thanks!

Dec 12, 2012
  • InvernessS rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very insightful, enjoyed it greatly. I have great respect for all her writing.

Aug 01, 2012

Incredible recount of an emotional uncovering of the truth in Islam, written expertly and with compassion.

May 22, 2012
  • ser_library rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

i read this book many years ago and still remember the insights and challenges presented

Jun 22, 2011
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Brooks was a prize-winning foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, who spent six years covering the Middle East. Her gender allowed her access to people and situations that male journalists could not, and inspired this book. She tells of experiences in many Islamic countries and made connections with women in these different communities. She tells of prejudices, opportunities and contradictions. An eye-opening book on a world that is complex and important to the world today. Brooks went in with a respectful attitude and a willingness to listen and try to understand the realities of these women's lives. She probed for their reasons for the choices they made, the societal pressures they experienced, and observed how men and women interacted in these societies.

Dec 30, 2009
  • Tally rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Interesting perspective that comes across as non-judgemental and not seemingly fuelled by propoganda


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