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Nine Parts Of Desire: The Hidden World Of Islamic Women

byGeraldine Brooks

Paperback | December 1, 1995

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INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER - Pulitzer Prize winning author presents the stories of a wide range of Muslim women in the Middle East. As an Australian American and an experienced foreign correspondent, Brooks' thoughtful analysis attempts to understand the precarious status of women in the wake of Islamic fundamentalism.

"Frank, enraging, and captivating." - The New York Times

Nine Parts of Desire is the story of Brooks' intrepid journey toward an understanding of the women behind the veils, and of the often contradictory political, religious, and cultural forces that shape their lives. Defying our stereotypes about the Muslim world, Brooks' acute analysis of the world's fastest growing religion deftly illustrates how Islam's holiest texts have been misused to justify repression of women, and how male pride and power have warped the original message of a once liberating faith.

As a prizewinning foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, Geraldine Brooks spent six years covering the Middle East through wars, insurrections, and the volcanic upheaval of resurgent fundamentalism. Yet for her, headline events were only the backdrop to a less obvious but more enduring drama: the daily life of Muslim women.

Heather's Review

This is not a new book; it was actually published in 1994. My sister-in-law recommended it to me about a year ago. It is a fascinating look at the lives, values and contradiction of Muslim women, and it is written absolutely beautifully.

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Geraldine Brooks is the author of four novels, the Pulitzer Prize–winning Marchand the international bestsellers Caleb’s Crossing, People of the Book, and Year of Wonders. She has also written the acclaimed nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. Her most recent novel, Caleb’s Crossing, was the winner of the N...
Title:Nine Parts Of Desire: The Hidden World Of Islamic WomenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.17 × 0.6 inPublished:December 1, 1995Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385475772

ISBN - 13:9780385475778


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Was genuinely, pleasantly surprised.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting As a Muslim woman I have to say this book is interesting and have to admit it was not entirely one sided or biased. On the other hand I do have to stress that for an "outsider" reading this book, meaning a non Muslim, the contents may be misunderstood and horrific. Yes G. Brooks did live in the Middle East & among the people, but it is still very difficult for a non Muslim woman to judge or even truly understand the major part religion plays in most Muslim's everyday life. For example, even if I lived among Jewish people for yrs it is not enough to understand the effects of the Holucust on this community. Or if I lived among Sikhs of India I could not truly understand the major role their religion plays in their lives. Having said that I'd like to express that not all Muslims are fanatics, not all allow the Koran to dictate how they live and not all are abused or abusers. To truly understand (not agree with but just to realize where it comes from), one has to be a Muslim; especially one living in the Middle East. Its very easy for me or others who live in countries such as Canada where free speech and feminism are encouraged to sit back and gasp at the "barbaric" rituals of a Muslim family living in the Middle East. But this is not right. I am not saying it is right or that I agree with it, but I am saying you have to read this book and take it with a grain of salt. In fact many in Iran for example, are not even familiar with the actual words of the Koran. They have just blindly accepted what they hear from others. As well, it is a well known fact that the Koran has lost its original & intended meaning in the translation. To truly understand the words of Allah/prophet Mohammad, one should read the Koran in Arabic (the language it was written it). When you compare translated Korans (from Arabic to Persian), there are a few differences which lead to huge misinterpretations!!
Date published: 2010-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic book This book will give the reader insight and understanding on how Islamic women feel on many issues that affect their daily lives.It can be noted that in many ways they are no different from western women but clearly religion plays a major part in how they think about themselves and how they view the western world.
Date published: 2008-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must read for every man and woman!! This is a fanstastic insight into the lives of women who follow one of the largest monotheistic religions. Recent actions in years have painted their faith as a negative, but this book shows and proves that just isn't the case. The extremism and fanatacism that gets splashed across the media isn't the real Islam, and women have had a prominent role in its history. Only the misogynistic attitudes of men that have seeped it have made it sexist against women. Islam is a fascinating religions when you are invited into this hidden away world that reveals alot about the brave and curageous women who follow their faith. Everyone curious about Islam needs to read this book!
Date published: 2008-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Book This was my first book on the subject of Islamic Women. I found it intriguing and would recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2008-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fascinating Look at the Lives of Muslim Women This is not a new book; it was actually published in 1994. My sister-in-law recommended it to me about a year ago. It is a fascinating look at the lives, values and contradiction of Muslim women, and it is written absolutely beautifully.
Date published: 2007-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Writer I highly recommend this book to anyone who is curious about the lives of women who wear the veil...fascinating and informative. I would also recommend Brook's other novel Year of Wonders. I could not put it down. I look forward to reading any future work by this author.
Date published: 2006-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from we need more books like this saw it on the shelf at indigo, and had to buy it. read it in 2 nights and cant stop talking about it. its great. its honest, and its enlightening. READ IT. and tell all ur friends to read it too! i did! -mariam
Date published: 2005-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Anything more recent? I just finished reading this book, and found it to be not quite enjoyable as much as enlightening. The only fault I found was that it was written ten years ago. Does anyone know of a more recent book on the same subjects? A lot could change in 10 years.
Date published: 2005-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbiased Review of Women and Islam The author is critical of Islam and the misinterpretations of the Qu'raan which have led to religious fanaticism, the hatred of Western civilization, and the extremes of fundamentalism. Being a Muslim woman myself, I found this book to be revealing, well-written, and ultimately, one of the most important books I have read to date. I encourage anyone who is interested in Islam, women's studies, religious studies, the Middle East, female genital mutilation, etc, to read this book. In fact, everyone should read this book! A MUST READ!
Date published: 2002-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nine Parts of Desire I read this book a few years before the Sept 11th crisis and found it very enlightening from a world feminist prespective. I could barely put the book down. I opened it again a few months ago in a quest to understand Sept 11th and found that the insights into this part of the world still held true.
Date published: 2002-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good I was expecting this to be a long read, boring but informative, it was quite interesting and not a chore to read at all. Looks at Islam (Women's Role) from many different perspectives. Very entertaining and informative. Uses historical references of Mohammeds life to explain a lot of the present customs.
Date published: 2001-01-15

Editorial Reviews

“Frank, enraging, and captivating.”—The New Yorker“Powerful and enlightening...Brooks presents stunning vignettes of Muslim women...and carefully distinguishes misogyny and oppressive cultural traditions from what she considers the true teachings of the Koran.”—Publishers Weekly“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.”—Newsday“Avoids both the sensational and the stereotypical...insightful...a valid, entertaining account of women in the Muslim world.”—New York Times Book Review“A rare look at a significant segment of the world's population that literally has been cloaked in mystery for generations.”—Seattle Times