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Price of Honor: Muslim Women Lift the Veil of Silence on the Islamic Worldby Jan Goodwin
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In recent years, the expanding movement of militant Islam has changed the way millions think, behave, dress, and live, but nowhere has its impact been more powerfully felt than in its dramatic, often devastating effect on the lives of women. Award-winning journalist Jan Goodwin traveled through ten Islamic countries and interviewed hundreds of Muslim women, from professionals to peasants, from royalty to rebels. The result is an unforgettable journey into a world where women are confined, isolated, even killed for the sake of a “code of honor” created and zealously enforced by men.
Price of Honor brings to life a world in which women have become pawns in a bitter power game, and gives readers a provocative look inside Muslim society today.
Book News Annotation:
Based upon interviews conducted in ten Islamic countries, this book for the general reader describes the daily oppression experienced by women living under fundamentalist rule. Journalist Goodwin reports on how women are submitting to or fighting against such practices as polygamy, arranged child marriages and the wearing of the chador. The volume does not contain bibliographical references. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A look at the treatment of Muslim women in the Islamic world describes the increasing repressive politics that govern their personal lives and how they are confined, isolated, and even killed to protect "male honor."
About the Author
Award-winning journalist Jan Goodwin lived in the Middle East for four years, interviewing women under Islamic rule and spending time with freedom fighters in war-torn Afghanistan. In the fall of 2001, she returned to Afghanistan to document the changes that took place when the Taliban was removed from power. She was the executive editor of Ladies Home Journal for ten years and currently writes for The New York Times, the Daily News, Mirabella, New Woman, Cosmopolitan, and other national publications. She lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
Price of Honor Acknowledgments
Chapter 1: Fundamentally Different?
Chapter 2: Muslims, the First Feminists
Chapter 3: Pakistan: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
Chapter 4: Afghanistan: When You Can't Beat the Donkey, Beat the Saddle
Chapter 5: Iran: There Is No Fun in Islam
Chapter 6: United Arab Emirates: The Playground of the Gulf
Chapter 7: Kuwait: A War of Independence
Chapter 8: Muslim Missionaries, American Converts
Chapter 9: Saudi Arabia: The Custodians of the Two Holiest Places
Chapter 10: Iraq: A Nation of Fear
Chapter 11: Jordan: When Islam Is the Solution
Chapter 12: Israeli-Occupied Territories: Next Year in Jerusalem
Chapter 13: Egypt: The Mother of the World
Chapter 14: Epilogue
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