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Nine Parts of Desire The Hidden World of Islamic Women Book Review To start off this book review Id like to say that I found the Nine Parts of Desire The Hidden world of Islamic Women to be heavily bias The first major problem I found in the book came from its title the Hidden World of Islamic Women In her book Geraldine Brooks discusses the trials and tribulations of several Islamic women in various Middle Eastern countries but fails to mention the fact that the majority of Islamic women live outside the Middle East where they have the same legal rights as males In order for the book to be true to its title it would have to encompass all Islamic societies not just extremist ones like Saudi Arabia or Iran as it so clearly does The second major problem I had with the book is the authors emphasis on Shiite Muslims Shiites make up only about four percent of the Islamic population yet Brooks continuously referred to them as if the other ninety-six percent of Muslims were irrelevant By her logic I could write a book about the hidden world of American children and focus on the child sweatshop labor force in New York City The last major problem I came across when reading the book was Geraldines reoccurring western feministic approach towards the examination of Muslim countries Through my grandfather who works as a Swiss diplomat I have had the pleasure of meeting and becoming friends with many different Muslims from all walks of life Through these experiences Ive learned that most Muslim women who have the option of adopting western traditions choose not to Western dress to them isnt a breath of fresh air as described by Brooks they feel it to be a form of imperialistic bondage As I read the book I felt myself almost disturbed by the extreme number of misconceptions and distortions given by
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