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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“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
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.95(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“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

Meet the Author

Award-winning journalist Jan Goodwin lived in the Middle East for four years, interviewing women under Islamic rule and spending time with freedom fighters in war-torn Afghanistan.  In the fall of 2001, she returned to Afghanistan to document the changes that took place when the Taliban was removed from power. She was the executive editor of Ladies’ Home Journal for ten years and currently writes for The New York Times, the Daily News, Mirabella, New Woman, Cosmopolitan, and other national publications.  She lives in New York City.

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Price of Honor: Muslim Women Lift the Veil of Silence on the Islamic World 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, despite the fact that some sections are extremely sad. It's a powerful, riveting read, and extremely well researched. The author engages the reader in way you feel as if you are right there yourself talking to these women. It was obvious that Goodwin was able to develop a great deal of trust and rapport with the women she interviewed. I was also impressed at the variety of people she spoke with in countries that frequently have strict censorship. The book includes interviews with educated elite women to the impoverished illiterate, from conservative to liberal Muslims, and the author didn't just confine herself to the Arab Muslim world, but included non Arab-Muslim countries. Having read the original version of the book, I still found it extremely helpful to go back and read the updated version, which has just come out, especially in light of 9/11, and the recent U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Price of Honor raised my awareness and understanding significantly of a part of the world we in the U.S. tend not to know a great deal about. Equally important is the fact that the author is very respectful of Islam. I now understand why their faith is so important to Muslims, and just how integrated it is in their every day life and politics. The book is an astounding tour of a large swathe of the Muslim world; the comparison within and between and among the different countries was fascinating. I highly recommend Price of Honor.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
What a disaster to be a women and a Muslim!!! I rather be dead than live like them and be treated worse than animals! Although I feel sorry for them, I think they should stand up for their rights and fight the male-dominated and oppressive traditions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Before reading this book I was unaware of the oppression muslim women were facing. This book opened my eyes with shocking accounts and made me truly thankful for what I have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was shocked page after page. As the book got better it got worse for this women, that is the irony in this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Provides informative account of the writer's observations of problems/issues of women in various Middle East countries. Throughout the accounts there is always the background of how the writer's own bias and perspectives influence her observations. The addition of a last chapter discussing her ideas for changes and implementation would offer more insight into her observations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once I found out about the punishment for islamic women(shamful daughters)it broke my heart, and I cried, but I'm thankful to know that Books and articels exist about the cruel punishment of this women so that the world can get involved?!. Now for the first time in my LIFE..I appreciate the freedom that I have!! (forgive my english writing, I'm german and still lerning).
disappointedTX More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended by my book club, but I was unable to get through half of the book.  Very difficult to stay interested, chapter after chapter of very similar text.  Most of the members of the club were unable to get through the book in time for discussion for similar reasons.  Would not recommend unless you are interested in the Muslum culture.