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.