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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,026 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Geraldine Brooks Narrator: Geraldine Brooks Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women 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. 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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Molly | 2/20/2014

    " I love this writer. I learned so much from this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alyssa | 2/14/2014

    " Really good. It explains a lot of things about the middle east in a way that is easy to understand. It is surreal. When we went to Jordan and Egypt we were told not to make eye contact with men and to keep our eyes low. They said bride burnings because of dowry disputes are common. She didn't go into that but it was all really interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ericka Karazsia | 2/7/2014

    " I learned alot from reading this book...a much closer look at a world I have only heard about on TV...this was a much more indepth portrayal of a world that intrigues me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lineburgs | 1/16/2014

    " Very disturbing to read but we need to be aware that this is reality for so many women. "

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