Nine Parts of Desire
With a New Afterword As a prizewinning foreign correspondent forThe 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 obviousMore »
With a New Afterword As a prizewinning foreign correspondent forThe 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 Desireis 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.« Less
the hidden world of Islamic women
2. Whom no man shall have deflowered before them
3. Here come the brides
4. The prophet's women
6. Jihad is for women, too
7. A queen
8. The getting of wisdom
9. Risky business
10. Politics, with and without a vote
11. Muslim women's games
12. A different drummer
Conclusion : beware of the dogma
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