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The Veil and the Male Elite by Fatema Mernissi
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Apr 22, 2009

did not like it

okay, confession time: two chapters in, and I can honestly say there's no chance I'm every going to finish this book. It has poetic moments, numerous cultural insights and phenomenal scholarship - so why do I hate reading it?

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Keely Hyslop Because it goes into painful detail on a subject that doesn't really interest you. I probably am enjoying it more because I have a soft spot for religious scholarship, though even I am cringing in places. For instance on the question of marital rape I don't give a flyin' f*** what the Koran or any other religious text says on the subject. There are some issues upon which I simply don't have it in me to be morally relativist.

Angela Yes, yes, but..

No, really, I initially had the same reaction through the introduction and chapter 1, but when the actual history started in chapter 2 I started to enjoy it a little bit more.

Personally, I'm more interested in modern Muslim culture than theology, but I found the history of early Islam useful to know. But I heartily recommend that anyone picking this up skip to at LEAST the second chapter.

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