Headscarves and Hymens

Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution

Non-Fiction, History & Politics, Politics
Paperback Published on: 03/03/2016
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Synopsis

'Shocking, heartfelt and well-researched' New Statesman

'A ground-shaping book that defines the edge of so many vital contemporary debates. Hers is a voice simultaneously behind and beyond the veil' Colum McCann

'A fascinating, can't-look-away, whistle-stop tour of the Middle East' Daily Telegraph

'Brave and impassioned . . . A shocking book, and one that will make anyone who has seen veiling as a cultural issue think very hard about what is really going on' Mail on Sunday
Headscarves and Hymens explodes the myth that we should stand back and watch while women are disempowered and abused in the name of religion.

In this laceratingly honest account, Eltahawy takes aim both at attitudes in the Middle East and at the western liberals who mistake misogyny for cultural difference. Her argument is clear: unless political revolution in the Arab world is accompanied by social and sexual revolution, no progress will be made.

Headscarves and Hymens is the book the world has been crying out for: a powerful, fearless account of what it really means to be a woman in the Muslim world.

'A fascinating, can't-look-away, whistle-stop tour of the Middle East' Daily Telegraph

'Brave and impassioned . . . A shocking book, and one that will make anyone who has seen veiling as a cultural issue think very hard about what is really going on' Mail on Sunday

  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • ISBN: 9781780228877
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Weight: 224g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 30 mm

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Headscarves and Hymens
Eye opening
Excellent read. The author is brave for writing what she has and it's validating to hear from a woman who has lived in the Middle East and has seen the opp... READ MORE
Khira MacWatt
Headscarves and Hymens
Highly recommend this read
Essential intersectional feminist reading. Eye opening and highly informative. Well worth a look. Also, follow the author on Twitter for interesting insigh... READ MORE
Candice Buchanan