Nine Parts of Desire Essay

1370 WordsMay 3, 20116 Pages
There are many political, religious, and cultural factors that shape the lives of Islamic women many of them are completely different than factors in the lives of American women. Islam is one of the world’s fastest growing religions; however, Brooks argues that “Islam’s holiest texts have been misused to justify the repression of women, and how male pride and power have warped the original message of this once liberating faith.” The book also shows these factors have slowly been taking away women’s rights, rather than furthering them. The specific topic of this book is the oppression of women. Its overall purpose is to understand the women behind the veils and why the Muslim women take up the hijab. The purpose is also to show how…show more content…
The major primary source she uses is the Koran that was transmitted by God through the prophet Muhammad. Brooks also uses the story of Khomeini and the story of the queen as biographical and historical accounts. An important biographical account is the one about Faezeh Hashemi and what she did for the women’s Olympics and sporting events. Brooks uses the sources to bring the thesis together and to help get her point across about the oppression of Islamic women and the pride and power of their male figures. An Islamic law states that women are not to commit adultery, but their husband can have more than one wife. When Brooks learned the story of Rehab and Mohamed and how Mohamed left Rehab for Fatima, it really opened her eyes on how different the treatment of married women of the Islamic world. She also learned how a woman was confined to the house unless escorted by a male figure, but a man could go about what he does every day. As Brooks was trying to check into the hotel, the clerk said she couldn’t because she was not with a male figure and so she was kicked out of the hotel. Brooks’ tone was different at many points in the book. When she found out that she saw how the women had to be covered up all of the time, I could sense a little rage in her voice. When she was listening to the story of Rehab and Mohamed she had a
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