This is a study of Islamic women, and of the often contradictory political, religious and cultural forces that shape their lives. The book examines Iran, the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Jordan and the Middle East. It argues that there is feminism amongst Islamic women, and reveals other startling discoveries that defy western stereotypes about the Muslin world. This study offers an acute analysis of the world's fastest growing religion, and illustrates how Islam's holy texts have been used to justify the repression of women.
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''Avoids both the sensational and the stereotypical... insightful... a valid, entertaining account of women in the Muslim world." (The New York Times Book Review)
''A rare look at a significant segment of the world's population that literally has been cloaked in mystery for generations." (The Seattle Times)
''There has been nothing finer on the subject from a Western observer... she looks at it from the heart.. .mixing historical perspective with piercingly observed journalism." (Newsday)
''Powerful and enlightening... Brooks presents stunning vignettes of Muslim women... and carefully distinguishes misogyny and oppressive cultural traditions from what she considers the true teaching of the Koran." (Publishers Weekly)
Fascinating, meticulously reported, and elegantly written ( Susan Faludi)
She takes us behind the veils and into the homes of women in every corner of the Middle East . . . It is in her descriptions of her meetings that the book excels ( Observer)
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140244654