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Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women Are Transforming the Middle East

by Isobel Coleman

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Isobel Coleman is an expert on women's issues and on the Muslim world. She is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. First chapter in the book is "Why Women Matter" followed by chapters discussing the status of women in Iran, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq. The big ray of hope is that there are women in those countries working to increase literacy and to encourage women to read the Quran for themselves and fight back against the cultural paternalism using the actual text of the Quran. A well-written, thought-provoking book. ( )
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In Paradise Beneath Her Feet, Isobel Coleman argues that in this traditional, deeply religious region, change is coming from within, but not in the ways many Westerners may expect or desire. Muslim women are running for office; starting careers in banking, law, and medicine; and taking to university lecterns by embracing Islam, the very belief that many in the West see as subordinating them.
 
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In this timely book, Coleman journeys through the strategic crescent of the greater Middle East--Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan--to reveal how activists are working within the tenets of Islam to create economic, political, and educational opportunities for women. Coleman argues that these efforts are critical to bridging the conflict between those championing reform and those seeking to oppress women in the name of religious tradition.… (more)

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