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.
This report prepared by David Loftus