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A prizewinning foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, Brooks covered wars and social change in the Middle East for six years. Because she was a woman, she was often barred from going certain places and speaking to certain newsmakers, so she found the topic of her book among those she could gain some access to: the women of Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Eritrea, and the rest of the Middle East. From Queen Noor of Jordan to armed rebels in Eritrea, Brooks explored the dangerous yet sensual lives of women under Islam, particularly as religious fundamentalism swept across many of these nations in the 1990s. The title comes from the declaration of a son-in-law of Muhammad, who claimed that God had created sexual desire in ten parts and given one to men, the other nine to women.
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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   20th century History of a people?    -   Yes History of religion?    -   Yes Nationality?    -   Arabia Religion?    -   Muslims!

Subjects of this Historical Account

Religion? (if plays a major part)    -   Muslims! Ethnicity (if plays a major part)    -   Arabic Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Somewhat sympathetic

Setting

Africa    -   Yes Part of Africa:    -   Arabic Africa Middle East?    -   Yes Middle East    -   Saudi Arabia If applicable, liberal/conservative?    -   Historian is very liberal

Writing Style

How much gore?    -   1 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   3 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Book makes you feel...    -   depressed/sad How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses on brief history of a lot of players How much romance?    -   2 () Minor characters feature lots of:    -   politicians Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None Length of book    -   201-250 pages How much emphasis on small details?    -   4 ()

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