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Nine parts of desire : the hidden world of Islamic women

Author: Geraldine Brooks
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women is the story of Brook's 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. In fundamentalist Iran, Brooks finagles an invitation to tea with the ayatollah's widow - and discovers that Mrs. Khomeini dyes her hair. In Saudi Arabia, she eludes the
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Brooks, Geraldine.
Nine parts of desire.
New York : Anchor Books, 1995
(OCoLC)621373740
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Geraldine Brooks
ISBN: 0385475764 9780385475761 0385475772 9780385475778
OCLC Number: 30518249
Description: 255 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. The holy veil --
2. Whom no man shall have deflowered before them --
3. Here come the brides --
4. The prophet's women --
5. Converts --
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.
Responsibility: Geraldine Brooks.

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Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women is the story of Brook's 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. In fundamentalist Iran, Brooks finagles an invitation to tea with the ayatollah's widow - and discovers that Mrs. Khomeini dyes her hair. In Saudi Arabia, she eludes the severe segregation of the sexes and attends a bacchanal, laying bare the hypocrisy of this austere, male-dominated society. In war-torn Ethiopia, she watches as a female gynecologist repairs women who have undergone genital mutilation justified by a distorted interpretation of Islam. In villages and capitals throughout the Middle East, she finds that a feminism of sorts has flowered under the forbidding shroud of the chador as she makes other startling discoveries that defy our stereotypes about the Muslim world.

Nine Parts of Desire is much more than a captivating work of firsthand reportage; it is also an acute analysis of the world's fastest-growing religion, deftly illustrating how Islam's holiest texts have been misused to justify the repression of women. It was, after all, the Shiite leader Ali who proclaimed that "God created sexual desire in ten parts, then gave nine parts to women."

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