Sunday, April 22, 2007
Now They Call Me Infidel ~ Nonie Darwish
I'm about 1/2 way through this book, which was recommended by my mom. Hat tip MOM!
It's very interesting because she studied sociology, and hence looks at arab culture and problems from that perspective. Here's a little sample:
"The natural reaction for women to resolve this repression could be either to revolt or to end up becoming even more radical and religious than her male counterpart. Revolting is regarded as anti-Muslim and against Allah's commands, and that makes it out of the question for many Muslim women. For some, the solution ends up being, "If you can't beat them, join them." The only door left open for them to achieve power and respect is through compliance and becoming a part of the larger system that oppresses other women. To many the veil then becomes a woman's symbol of honor, power, and respect; her female form of jihad."