Price of Honor: Muslim Women Lift the Veil of Silence on the Islamic World

Price of Honor: Muslim Women Lift the Veil of Silence on the Islamic World

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by Jan Goodwin
     
 

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In recent years, the expanding movement of militant Islam has changed the way millions think, behave, dress, and live, but nowhere has its impact been more powerfully felt than in its dramatic, often devastating effect on the lives of women. Award-winning journalist Jan Goodwin traveled through ten Islamic countries and interviewed hundreds of Muslim women, from

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In recent years, the expanding movement of militant Islam has changed the way millions think, behave, dress, and live, but nowhere has its impact been more powerfully felt than in its dramatic, often devastating effect on the lives of women. Award-winning journalist Jan Goodwin traveled through ten Islamic countries and interviewed hundreds of Muslim women, from professionals to peasants, from royalty to rebels.  The result is an unforgettable journey into a world where women are confined, isolated, even killed for the sake of a “code of honor” created and zealously enforced by men. 

Price of Honor brings to life a world in which women have become pawns in a bitter power game, and gives readers a provocative look inside Muslim society today.

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“Goodwin reminds us that the Koran nowhere supports the brutal treatment of women, and the educated women she quotes make this point clear…The author takes us on a tour of the Muslim world, finding horrors almost past belief.” —The New Yorker
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Journalist Goodwin travels to 10 countries to interview Muslim women who reveal how their oppressive and confining political systems have affected their lives. (Aug.)
Library Journal
In this astonishing book, the product of four years of living in the Islamic world, journalist Goodwin ( Caught in the Crossfire , LJ 3/15/82) examines the movement that is aggressively spreading a fundamentalist version of Islam throughout much of the world. Her interviews with Muslim women in ten countries both fascinate and disturb, for their candor reveals the movement's profound and often devastating effects on them. Maintaining that Muslims understand the West far better than Westerners understand Islam, Goodwin warns against the Western ethnocentrism that could jeopardize both security and energy resources. Instead, she urges greater understanding of ``the world's fastest growing religion'' and of its treatment of women, who ``are the wind sock showing which way the wind is blowing in the Islamic world''--or as one interviewee put it, ``the canaries in the mines.'' The work itself enhances this understanding. A necessary purchase.-- Cynthia Widmer, Downingtown, Pa.
Booknews
Journalist Goodwin interviewed women from all walks of life in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Gaza and the West Bank of Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the United Arab Emirates in pursuit of understanding the heavily restricted lives of women under Islam. She shows how the repressive politics that govern women's personal lives are also a barometer to the growth of fundamentalism and the Muslim regimes' willingness to appease extremists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452283770
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/17/2002
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
549,529
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.95(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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“Goodwin reminds us that the Koran nowhere supports the brutal treatment of women, and the educated women she quotes make this point clear…The author takes us on a tour of the Muslim world, finding horrors almost past belief.” —The New Yorker

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