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    DescriptionNine 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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    Nine Parts of Desire
    The Hidden World of Islamic Women
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Geraldine Brooks
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 253
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 227 g
    ISBN 13: 9780385475778
    ISBN 10: 0385475772

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27440
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.7
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: JFSJ1, JFSR2
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Ingram Theme: APPR/CLASSA
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET135
    Ingram Subject Code: GS
    Libri: I-GS
    BISAC V2.8: REL037000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A31604800
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 53
    BISAC V2.8: SOC048000
    B&T Approval Code: A13461000
    DC22: 305.48
    BISAC V2.8: SOC028000
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 305.48
    DC22: 305.48/6971
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: HQ1170 .B76 1995
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: JBSF1, JBSR
    Edition statement
    Anchor Bk Trade.
    Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
    Imprint name
    Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
    Publication date
    31 December 1996
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Geraldine Brooks is a native of Australia and a graduate of Sydney University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in Virginia with her husband, Tony Horwitz. This is her first book.
    Review quote
    "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"