Book List: Nine Parts of Desire

by Lindsay Shapka in , ,


Rather than judging things that I don’t understand, I am constantly seeking real information that will help me to draw educated conclusions.

There has been a lot of tension between the Muslim and Western world as of late and so, wanting to understand the history behind this feud (other than the obvious, more recent events) I headed to the bookstore where I came upon this fascinating book.

In her book, Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women, Geraldine Brooks explores the world of women who live their lives shrouded in black veils. As a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, Brooks spent six years covering the wars, upheaval and insurrection in the Middle East. For her however, the shocking headline events faded into the background compared to the less obvious, but more enduring drama: the daily life of Muslim women.

This book follows Brooks’ personal journey toward an understanding of the contradictory political, religious and cultural forces that shape the lives of the women who live every day covered from head to toe in fabric.

Defying our western stereotypes (without being racist or prejudicial), her sometimes shocking analysis of the Muslim world illustrates how the Islamic holy texts have been misused to justify the repression of women, and “how male pride and power have warped the original messaging of a once liberating faith.”