Headscarves and Hymens

  • by Mona Eltahawy
  • Narrated by Mona Eltahawy
  • 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When the Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy published an article in Foreign Policy in 2012 titled "Why Do They Hate Us?," it provoked a firestorm of controversy. The response it generated, with more than 4000 posts on the website, broke all records for the magazine, prompted dozens of follow-up interviews on radio and television, and made it clear that misogyny in the Arab world is an explosive issue, one that engages and often enrages the public.
In Headscarves and Hymens, Eltahawy takes her argument further. Drawing on her years as a campaigner and commentator on women's issues in the Middle East, she explains that since the Arab Spring began, women in the Arab world have had two revolutions to undertake: one fought with men against oppressive regimes, and another fought against an entire political and economic system that treats women as second-class citizens in countries from Yemen and Saudi Arabia to Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya.
Eltahawy has traveled across the Middle East and North Africa, meeting with women and listening to their stories. Her audiobook is a plea for outrage and action on their behalf, confronting the "toxic mix of culture and religion that few seem willing or able to disentangle lest they blaspheme or offend." A manifesto motivated by hope and fury in equal measure, Headscarves and Hymens is as illuminating as it is incendiary.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Do you ever find a book that you can't stop nodding along to in agreement?

This is Headscarves and Hymens. Mona Eltahawy's passionate voice combined with her knowledge and experiences in the Middle East provide a great narrative. There is no filter; no excuses to "protect" a certain culture from stigma. Love, love, love.
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- Varsha Pandey

Thought provoking

An exceptional look into what resistance looks like from a woman who grew up in an islamic world. You don't have to agree with her but you will no doubt be left with more compassion towards the fight for human rights that is taking place among muslim women
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-21-2015
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio