Jena, February 6, 2007 (view all comments by Jena)
As someone who knows shamingly little about religion and politics in the Middle East, I thought this book would be a good way to begin my self-education, even though it's more than a decade old. as a memoir of a journalist, it's easy reading, often fascinating and filled with vignettes and interesting people, including the King Hussein of Jordan and his queen Noor. I particularly enjoyed how the book covered most of the Middle East, and contrasted the differences of Islamic influence over international, national, and family politics. it was a very good foundation, and while I'm sure Brooks thoroughly researched everything she wrote, I'm ready to learn more.
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by Publishers Weekly,
"Powerful and enlightening....Brooks presents stunning vignettes of Muslim women...and carefully distinguishes misogyny and oppressive cultural traditions from what she considers the true teaching of the Koran."
"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."
by The New York Times Book Review,
"Avoids both the sensational and the stereotypical...insightful...a valid, entertaining account of women in the Muslim world."
by The Seattle Times,
"A rare look at a significant segment of the world's population that literally has been cloaked in mystery for generations."
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