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Barefoot in Baghdad by Manal M. Omar
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Feb 14, 11

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bookshelves: women-s-non-fiction
Read from November 27, 2010 to February 14, 2011

Barefoot in Baghdad by Manal M. Omar is a book that reflects Omar herself, and tears down one's preconceived notions of what an America Muslim woman in the 21st century is like.

Omar is deeply concerned about the plight of Iraqi women--so much so that she continually risks her life as an American Aid worker there during the war. We are taken on a roller-coaster journey as she goes back into Iraq again and again, determined to help Iraqi women who want to further their education and live their lives without danger.

Omar herself symbolizes the dichotomy of the modern American Islamic woman--educated and yet determinedly devout in a country that is certainly suspicious of minority faiths.

Very inspiring.

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