thirty days of sharing: day fourteen

14. a non-fictional book
Two years ago, I took a course on Religious Ethics: Gender and Sexuality Studies at uni and one of the required readings was Leila Ahmed's Women and Gender in Islam. What it provides is not only an insight into an often stereotyped and misunderstood religion but also a historical account of the woman experience in both a feminist and Islamic perspective. Usually with certain academic texts, the writing may tend to be sucked dry and imitate a bulldozed construction site with wrecking balls of information making mad swings towards your head ("ABSORB ME"). But Ahmed's book is written in a lucid style, story-esque accounts of past leading up to present interwoven with intellectual analysis. It's much more of an easy read that some might presume and I thoroughly enjoyed it; very enlightening.

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