Shahla Haeri, Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press, 2002. 454 pages.
Shahla Haeri’s groundbreaking work could not have emerged at a more desperately needed time. In the aftermath of 9/11 and the war on Iraq, the western media have worked feverishly to bombard the West with images and messages about Muslim women and Islam. Whether it is the image of Afghanistan’s burqa-clad women or Iraq’s veiled women, the message has been the same: All Muslim women are speechless, powerless, and often invisible victims of an oppressive monolithic Islam.