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GUEST POST: Book Review of Mona Eltahawy's "Headscarves & Hymens"

Written by Sr. Farhat Amin, this is a book review of Mona Eltahawy's 2015 book, Headscarves & Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution.


Why did I want to read this book? The title is hardly Islamic. What could I possibly learn from a book whose title has such promiscuous connotations?


The reason why I read this book was for the purpose of research for a new book that I am writing with fellow Muslim writers on the topic of the Islamic alternative to feminism.


Since I became interested in the topic of whether islam is compatible with feminism, I have genuinely made an effort to understand feminist ideas by reading books by non-muslim and muslim feminists. I don’t want to have a shallow understanding.


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Nour Goda, MS Ed.

Ex-atheist striving to improve each day

اَلتَّاۤـئِبُوۡنَ الۡعٰبِدُوۡنَ الۡحٰمِدُوۡنَ السّاۤـئِحُوۡنَ الرّٰكِعُوۡنَ السّٰجِدُوۡنَ الۡاٰمِرُوۡنَ بِالۡمَعۡرُوۡفِ وَالنَّاهُوۡنَ عَنِ الۡمُنۡكَرِ وَالۡحٰـفِظُوۡنَ لِحُدُوۡدِ اللّٰه ِ​ؕ وَبَشِّرِ الۡمُؤۡمِنِيۡنَ‏

 

Those that turn (to Allah) in repentance; that serve Him, and praise Him; that wander in devotion to the cause of Allah, that bow down and prostrate themselves in prayer; that enjoin good and forbid evil; and observe the limit set by Allah;- (These do rejoice). So proclaim the glad tidings to the Believers.

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