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Islam is a religion that I have not learned much about before now I knew that the women wore scarves covering their face but I did not know why I knew that Muslims celebrated Ramadan but I did not know what that was I have recently become more interested in learning about the Muslim religion because of a speech I heard in one of my other classes and the book Nine Parts of Desire by Geraldine Brooks is a great insight into the world of Islam and into the lives of Muslim women In the prologue I found it interesting that the authornarrator was denied a room in a Saudi Arabian hotel and taken to a police station because she did not leave the lobby I would think that the man at the desk would be willing to help her even though it is against the law seeing as she is a woman traveling alone and obviously didnt know any better The author I think started the book this way to ease us into the idea of what women in the Middle East went through By telling a personal story she lets us know that the information in this book has been seen and experienced first hand by the author and is not just the result of a group of researchers who may never have been to the Middle EastThe first Muslim practice we are introduced to is prayer On page 3 the narrator is awakened at sunrise by the call Come to prayer It is better to pray than sleep Since prayer is one of the Five Pillars of Faith it is something that all Muslims do five times a day facing Mecca and is one thing that remains constant throughout all the variations and interpretations of the religion that are discussed in this bookAnother effective method of story telling that the author used is giving the reader some background information about the origin
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