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The Hidden Face of Eve: Women in the Arab World Paperback – September 4, 2007
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i was most interested in the strange and untrue ideas held by this scholar regarding western, christian, and jewish ideology. a true window into what is accepted as truth in the middle east. the idea that the chastity belt was widely used thoughout europe for centuries in order to insure that christian women would remain unavailable while their husbands were away is clearly a misunderstanding by the author. this is her understanding, and therefore it must be true.
the most important inclusion is the material on fgm.....so rarely admitted to, and still in use in egypt and throughout the islamic world, in spite of the fact that the tradition is not dictated by the koran......
If the subject matter is what you are looking for then you will get a lot of it here. Much of what Saadawi is saying is anecdotal and based on what she saw or had heard of as a doctor rather than gathered statistical data. This makes sense in that this isn't the type of information that lends itself to surveys. Much of it deals with really private and painful experiences. It might be good to temper this with a more mathemathical approach so that this would bring the feeling for the people involved but there would be big picture objectivity from elsewhere.
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It was hard to get past her lambasting of Western Civilization. I'm not interested in her opinion on socialism. Not relevant.Published 3 months ago by Susan