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Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women

 
 
 
 
Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women
Author: Geraldine Brooks
ISBN 13: 9780385475778
ISBN 10: 385475772
Edition: 1
Publisher: Anchor
Publication Date: 1995-12-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 255
List Price: $15.95
 
 

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.

Publishers Weekly

Having spent six years covering the Middle East for the Wall Street Journal, Brooks presents an exploration of the daily life of Muslim women and the often contradictory forces that shape their lives. (Jan.)