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Nine Parts of Desire, The Hidden World of Islamic Women

NINE PARTS OF DESIRE , The Hidden World of Islamic Women is one of a handful books on Islam that gained sudden relevance and new readers after September 11. As I finished reading Geraldine Brooks's look behind the veil into the hidden lives of Islamic women, a phrase from Sentinel founder Mary Baker Eddy's Miscellaneous Writings came to mind. She wrote that our prospects for progress present both "a full-orbed promise, and a gaunt want" (p.355).

First the promise. Brooks tells of going to a beach near her parents' home in Sydney. She shares her space with a Muslim family. "It made me sad that the woman's tiny daughter, splashing so happily with her father and baby brother, would be, one day soon, required to forgo that pleasure.

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