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Positive responses to Golley's (English, critical theory & women's studies, American Univ. of Sharjah) first anthology, Reading Arab Women's Autobiographies: Shahrazad Tells Her Story(2003), led to the creation of the current work. Golley and contributing artists, scholars, and educators dispel the myth of the sequestered Arab woman veiled in seclusion and lacking autonomy. In several essays, they examine the autobiographical writing of contemporary Muslim women from Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Afghanistan, Palestine, and Jordan, many of whom now live as immigrants in the United States. Four main themes are found to dominate the writing: cultural dichotomy, transnationalism, communal identity, and personal vs. political expression. In two of the most compelling chapters, Mireille Astore explains the sources for her intensely physical photography, while Mohja Kahf and Suheir Hammad astutely describe through their poetry conflicts between Muslim and white American cultures. Other featured notable writers include Nawal el-Saadawi, Assia Djebar, and Ahdaf Soueif. With an inexhaustible list of references; recommended for academic libraries.