Friday, February 29, 2008

Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women

by Geraldine Brooks

Have you ever wondered about the women covered from head to toe? You know that they are Muslim, but do you know anything beyond that?

Geraldine Brooks, in her highly accessible book, explains the plight of Muslim women in the Middle East. She travels from country to country, meeting women and sharing stories with them. From her time with Queen Noor in Jordan to her belly dancing stint in Egypt, Brooks learns about women and their religion and their religion's limitations.

Sometimes frightening and sometimes just different, their experiences are presented without prejudice. It is up to the reader to form her own opinions about this religion.

Easy to read and inherently interesting.


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