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Headscarves and Hymens

Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution

By Mona Eltahawy
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Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution by Mona Eltahawy

Headscarves and Hymens (2015) chronicles the many levels of abuse suffered by women in the Arab world and what brave feminist activists are doing about these injustices. These blinks describe the various forms of oppression women face, from child marriage to virginity tests, and call for a sexual revolution in Islamic nations.

  • Feminists of all colors, genders and religions
  • Political or social scientists interested in gender inequality in Arab countries
  • Anyone concerned about human rights.

Mona Eltahawy is an Egyptian-American journalist based in New York City. She has covered current events in Egypt and general political and social issues in the Middle East. Headscarves and Hymens is her first book and expands on her controversial 2012 article published in Foreign Affairs on Muslim men, entitled Why Do They Hate Us?

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