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Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil
This book was... conceptually interesting, but poorly written.

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I can't believe this was all I had to say about this book. First, j
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Jan 19, 2008
Reading Lolita in Tehran
It has been awhile since I read this book, but I remember I was frustrated as I read it. I believe I was irritated because I felt the book was rather ...more
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Jun 05, 2008
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
I have been putting this review off for about a week - just haven't felt like sitting down and writing stuff out.

I kept seeing this book on the 3 for
Jul 15, 2008
Jul 02, 2008
Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Education in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Although this book didn't have a 'things that suck about Greg' section, it also didn't suffer from constant 'Greg is such a hero' back-patting that th ...more
Oct 2011
Oct 19, 2011
Mother of the Believers
This one got an extra star for fascinating subject matter, even when the writing quality and pacing was less than ideal.

The book follows Muhammed's wi
Jun 2011
Jun 14, 2011
The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday: Unexpected Encounters in the Changing Middle East
It felt like two different books, only one of which I really enjoyed.

The first several chapters were primarily 'slice of life' detailing the author's
Jun 2013
Jun 12, 2013
The Face Behind The Veil
Definitely an interesting book, but not a particularly well-written one. A series of short biographies of American women and their relationship to Isl ...more
Sep 2009
Sep 12, 2009
In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor's Journey in the Saudi Kingdom
Kind of an odd book. It didn't have the Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil problem (terrible writing, condescending tone, emb ...more
Apr 2011
Sep 08, 2008
The Places in Between
This was one of those books that I picked up because I had to get a 3rd book in the damned Borders sales that always tricked me into buying more than ...more
Mar 24, 2009
Dec 04, 2007
A Map of Home
I'm not even sure how I found this book, but it was a good find. Very readable story about a Palestinian (among other things) living in Kuwait and dea ...more
Jul 30, 2011
Nov 14, 2009
The preface to this was pretty infuriating, but the book improved sharply from there.

I found the story fascinating without dwelling on the hardships s
Sep 28, 2008
Aug 21, 2007
Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood
This is the book that sparked my fascination with women in Islam. I actually read this when I was younger - middle school probably? - and then was jus ...more
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Sep 28, 2008
Girls of Riyadh
Picked this up from Costco while my parents were here. I had no idea that it was a book written in Arabic and translated.

Really interesting concept fo
Sep 27, 2008
Sep 23, 2008
A Thousand Splendid Suns
I wasn't terribly impressed with The Kite Runner, but only because I couldn't bring myself to care much about the characters. This book had me at pag ...more
Nov 2007
Oct 25, 2007
Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society (updated with a new preface)
An academic and somewhat dry book about Bedouin society that I accidentally stole from my womens studies professor. It's been quite awhile since I rea ...more
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Mar 29, 2013
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Persepolis, #1-2)
This is one of the mainstream graphic novels I always meant to pick up, but didn't think I would like. Now that I actually pick up graphic novels ON P ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 23, 2007
Scheherazade Goes West
I was theoretically going to write a paper and do a project on this book. I practically failed out of the class I bought this book for, but came out a ...more
Jan 2002
Sep 28, 2008
I can appreciate the beauty of this book and the artistry and the sheer time-consuming nature of creating this 600+ page of elaborate art. The book is ...more
Jan 22, 2012
Nov 25, 2011
Islam: A Short History
This was a textbook for one of my classes in college, and I remember reading a few chapters. Either I had a much stronger understanding of the religio ...more
Jan 24, 2009
Sep 28, 2008
Sleeping on a Wire: Conversations with Palestinians in Israel
Kind of disappointed that I didn't finish this one, but I found the text pretty dry. Without knowing enough about the conflict and the culture I felt ...more
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Jun 25, 2013
Shabanu: Daughter Of The Wind
I don't remember when I read this, but it was one of the first books that opened my eyes to a Muslim culture. Shabanu was such an impressively rebelli ...more
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Dec 06, 2007
The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam
A lot of what Hirsi Ali says in this book seems like it's just waiting to be jumped on my racist right wing jerks. But that doesn't mean she doesn't m ...more
Jan 20, 2011
Sep 22, 2008
Haveli (Shabanu, #2)
Not as good as Shabanu, but it was good to have a sequel. Sadly, Shabanu's life doesn't turn out the way you wanted it to.
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Dec 06, 2007
Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam
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Aug 10, 2007
Does My Head Look Big In This?
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Sep 28, 2008
Princess Sultana's Circle (Princess Trilogy)
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Mar 27, 2008
Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing up Iranian in America and American in Iran
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Sep 28, 2008
Mayada, Daughter of Iraq: One Woman's Survival Under Saddam Hussein
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Mar 27, 2008
Do They Hear You When You Cry
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Oct 27, 2008
Princess Sultana's Daughters
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Mar 27, 2008
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