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Nine Parts of Desire

The Hidden World of Islamic Women

By Geraldine Brooks

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Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 22 February 2007
Geraldine Brook's Nine Parts of Desire is a fascinatingly rich portrait of a little-known world that lifts the veil on the lives of Islamic womenThis is the insightful, thought-provoking and at times humorous story of Geraldine Brooks' quest to discover the truth about women and Islam.From adopting a chador as camouflage to taking meetings with Queen Noor of Jordan and former Iranian President Rafsanjani's daughter, the author and journalist went undercover and deep into the heart of another culture. She met with Palestinians protesting about 'honour killings' for adultery and sheltered girls transformed into warriors by the Emirates' armed forces. Throughout the Middle East, Brooks was invited into the homes and lives of these women where she found real stories that overturn western stereotypes. Fair-minded and often revelatory, Nine Parts of Desire is an extraordinarily rich tapestry of the different lives women lead under Islam, and a captivating and diverse portrait of a little known world. This is reportage at its best.Geraldine Brooks is an award-winning author and journalist. She has written several books of fiction and non-fiction, including the international bestselling novel Year of Wonders and more recently March, which won the Pulitzer. She lives in rural Virginia.

About the Author

Geraldine Brooks is an award-winning author and journalist. She has written several books of fiction and non-fiction, including the international bestselling novel Year of Wonders and more recently March, which won the Pulitzer. She lives in rural Virginia.

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Having spent six years covering the Middle East for the Wall Street Journal, Brooks presents an exploration of the daily life of Muslim women and the often contradictory forces that shape their lives. (Jan.)

Fascinating, meticulously reported, and elegantly written Susan Faludi She takes us behind the veils and into the homes of women in every corner of the Middle East ... It is in her descriptions of her meetings that the book excels Observer

EAN: 9780141029405
ISBN: 0141029404
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.7 centimetres (0.18 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Hayley Parsons on
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I found this book to be an easy read; incredibly informative and overall excellent. I rarely put the book down as I was carried away by my own intrigue to learn more about the lives of women who are treated so vastly different from me. I found the book to be really well written and I was a "captive" audience from beginning to end.
Deirdre Sedman on
 
Great book, really enjoyed reading and learning from this wonderful writer. It was so good I wanted a friend to enjoy it too so had it sent to Queensland for her birthday. I love Geraldine Brooks, she is brilliant I have read most of her books now and all are very good.
Eliza Saleem on
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same old usual negative tales. If you want to find out about Muslim women, go directly to the source. These authors will write anything negative to sell a book. You should not find out what Islam says from these sources.
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this book is one sided view from the auther n fall of emotive languages .
some of his arguments not relaiable because it against Islamic legislation .

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