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  • Headscarves and Hymens

  • Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution
  • By: Mona Eltahawy
  • Narrated by: Mona Eltahawy
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you ever find a book that you can't stop nodding along to in agreement?

  • By Varsha Pandey on 05-19-15

On the Saudi Government Stance on Women's Rights

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-17

Mona says that the Saudi government avoids granting women their rights because it's afraid of them. That it fears them becoming powerful.

In my opinion, it's the other way around. The government ignores women's calls for their rights particularly because they're not powerful. It's not threatened by them. It has no reason to reconcile with them. However, the government is very interested in keeping the conservatives happy because they're powerful and have shown their teeth before. It's a zero-sum-game.

  • Infidel

  • By: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Narrated by: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,994

This New York Times best-seller is the astonishing life story of award-winning humanitarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali. A deeply respected advocate for free speech and women's rights, Hirsi Ali also lives under armed protection because of her outspoken criticism of the Islamic faith in which she was raised.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tough, Candid Assessment

  • By Paul Mullen on 02-18-08

I wish I had your courage, Ayaan.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-17

I'm inspired by how comfortable she is with her thoughts. She doesn't hold on to ideas just because she was raised with them and considering the context, that's very courageous and admirable.

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  • Daring to Drive

  • A Saudi Woman's Awakening
  • By: Manal al-Sharif
  • Narrated by: Lameece Issaq
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 258

A ferociously intimate memoir by a devout woman from a modest family in Saudi Arabia who became the unexpected leader of a courageous movement to support women's right to drive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite book for 2017

  • By mary sheeleigh on 07-15-17

The rain begins with a single drop

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-17

Although I'm a female Saudi and often subjected to the same injustice as Manal; listening to this book made me cringe in disgust every time she's been mistreated and violated.

I'm forever grateful for what she's done and I do believe that rain begins with a single drop. As of today, the campaign #stopEnslavingSaudiWomen has completed 360 days and the level of awareness and normalization of women's rights have never been this positive. Thank you, Manal.

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