“Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution” by Mona Eltahawy is a must read for any libertine interested in the level of gender inequality in Islam. The abuses Eltahawy lists are shocking:
- 90% of married Egyptian women between the ages of 15 and 49 have undergone female genital mutilation,
- in Egypt 99.3% of women have experienced sexual harassment,
- Saudi Arabian women of any age need the permission of a male legal guardian marry, work or access education, must wear abaya robes and headscarves in public, and
- 15 teenage girls died in 2002 when “morality police” prevented them from leaving a burning school in Mecca because they were not wearing “correct” Islamic dress.
Eltahawy believes the root of this inequality is the particularly Saudi-style interpretation of Islam. “Headscarves and Hymens” can be purchased on Amazon. We highly recommend it.