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4.32 out of 54.32 out of 54.32 out of 54.32 out of 54.32 out of 5 4.32 (19 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: July 2012 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 Lineburgs | 1/16/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chrissy | 1/10/2014

    " I LOVE Geraldine Brooks. I think she is an amazingly insightful woman who has an incredible ability to clearly present a difficult concept. I feel like I have a much clearer sense of the Muslim religion and how men and women who practice it interact with each other and the rest of the world. She did an amazing job of personalizing all of these women and their lives and stories for someone from a completely different background. I think that everyone should read this book, especially given the world we live in. People should try to educate themselves befores just spouting off at the mouth about being Muslim. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elisabeth | 1/2/2014

    " Brilliant investigation into the thoughts and ideas of Muslim women in the 1980s. A broad, fair perspective and highly informative. Must read for anyone interested in International women's issues. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Courtney | 12/31/2013

    " I didn't like the author's flippancy with regard to her own religious conversion and I did not like her tone throughout the course of the work. I found both aspects to be distracting, the conversion insensitivity was grating on a personal level and her lack of neutrality to the subject matter frustrating on an intellectual level. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olga Mosh | 12/10/2013

    " Read this for a book club once. Interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 11/29/2013

    " This book was surprising in lots of ways but I was most surprised that Islamic some women are strong supporters of the veil. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jillian | 11/24/2013

    " I listened to the audible version as read by the author, and thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nina | 8/15/2013

    " Excellent snapshot of how Islamic women live throughout the Middle East. Brooks has credibility as a journalist and presents the material in a quite readable, informative manner. The book was published in '95 and includes a new afterword. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kari | 8/10/2013

    " Fascinating book about the lives of muslim women. I learned so much while reading this book. It made me so thankful that as a women I have so many freedoms. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Sebesta | 8/3/2013

    " An incredibly insightful look at Islam and women - where they came from, how they got where they are today, and some extrapolations about where they're going. It makes me sad to think about the lives so many Islamic women lead. Very readable and very recommeded. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lora | 4/24/2013

    " This book is a must read for our society today. Such an interesting culture and history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith Johnson | 3/19/2013

    " An amazing book- if you pick this up, you will put it down finished. Though some parts are difficult to handle, the biggest strength of the book is how truthfully it describes women in a fundamental islamic environment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Hickman | 3/6/2013

    " Absolutely riveting and sobering first account look into the varying forms of suppression and harshness suffered by Islamic women in various parts of the middle east and Africa. Worth reading for an understanding of the fundamental ancient beginnings of this faith. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindy | 3/4/2013

    " Second reading, still impressed, great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 11/9/2012

    " Eye-opening and fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 LeslieCH | 9/14/2012

    " Every woman should read this book! "

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About the Author
Author Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of March, Year of Wonders, and People of the Book and the nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. She was previously a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Bosnia, Somalia, and the Middle East. Born and raised in Australia, she lives on Martha’s Vineyard with her husband, Tony Horwitz, and their two sons.