Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women

Geraldine Brooks (Author)
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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."

Product Details

Price
$16.95  $15.59
Publisher
Anchor Books
Publish Date
December 01, 1995
Pages
272
Dimensions
5.19 X 0.72 X 8.02 inches | 0.48 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
ISBN/EAN
9780385475778
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About the Author

Geraldine Brooks is the author of four novels, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Marchand the international bestsellers Caleb's Crossing, People of the Book, and Year of Wonders. She has also written the acclaimed nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. Her most recent novel, Caleb's Crossing, was the winner of the New England Book Award for Fiction and the Christianity TodayBook Award, and was a finalist for the Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction. Born and raised in Australia, she lives on Martha's Vineyard with her husband, the author Tony Horwitz. This is her first book.

Reviews

"Frank, enraging, and captivating."
--The New Yorker

"Powerful and enlightening...Brooks presents stunning vignettes of Muslim women...and carefully distinguishes misogyny and oppressive cultural traditions from what she considers the true teachings of the Koran."
--Publishers Weekly

"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

"Avoids both the sensational and the stereotypical...insightful...a valid, entertaining account of women in the Muslim world."
--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."
--Seattle Times