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She argues that men in positions of religious power cherry pick the parts of the Qur’an that allow them to control women, while ignoring the passages that encourage love and respect for them.When clerics in Yemen justify, and indeed encourage, marriage to children, they site Mohammed taking Aisha as a bride when she was a child.Eltahawy, while bravely exposing the position of women in the Middle East, also has an unfortunate tendency towards conflation in her treatment of western societies.She describes the "bigoted and racist Western right wing" in America as being blind to the fact that their efforts against "reproductive rights" are just as misogynistic as the abuse faced by Muslim women.According to a UN report, 99.3 percent of Egyptian women reported being sexually harassed, with 96.5 percent saying the harassment included physical contact.

As she got older she convinced herself she was expressing her feminist right to choose the veil.Eltahawy thinks that the Muslim world needs to make the connection between "the personal and the political, the home and the street, and the street and the state," in order to improve the situation for women there.But without confronting the roots of the problem she identifies, her solutions can only go so far.Nor does Eltahawy give any examples of discrimination or violence toward women by Christians or secularists in the Middle East and North Africa.Thus, she never fully engages the question of how the predominant religion in the region, Islam, is directly involved in the oppression of women, other than its use and abuse by men.

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