Nine Parts of Desire by Geraldine Brooks

This book by an Australian female journalist who worked in the Middle East for years is fascinating. She shows a lot of different aspects of women's lives under Islamic regimes, including the militant women who choose to wear hijab and fight alongside men to bring Islamic regimes to power. It's not all about the oppression of women, but about different ways Islam has treated women over the centuries and how women have dealt with their religion in several Muslim countries.

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