MONA ELTAHAWY Headscarves and Hymens
W&N Politics / Biography / Current Affairs HB / ETPB May £20.00 / £13.99 320pp 978 0 297 60900 1 / 978 0 297 60901 8 eBook: £20.00 / 978 0 297 60902 5
‘Why do they hate us?’ With these five words in a controversial magazine article, Mona Eltahawy shot to fame, unleashing a devastating critique of women’s rights in the Arab world. author:
A groundbreaking, highly provocative book about women, Islam and the Arab Spring from award-winning journalist Mona Eltahawy. In November 2011, Mona Eltahawy came to worldwide attention when she was assaulted by police during the Egyptian Revolution. She responded by writing a piece in Foreign Policy entitled ‘Why Do They Hate Us’; ‘They’ being Muslim men, ‘Us’ being women. It sparked huge controversy. Drawing on her personal experiences as a journalist and a campaigner on women’s issues in the Middle East, Mona explains that since the Arab Spring began, women in the Arab world have had two revolutions to undertake: one fought with men against oppressive regimes, and another fought against an entire political and economic system that treats women in countries from Yemen and Saudi Arabia to Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya as second-class citizens. Headscarves and Hymens is a plea for outrage and action on behalf of the women Eltahawy has encountered across the Middle East and North Africa. It is a manifesto motivated by hope and fury – and is as illuminating as it is incendiary. Newsweek magazine named Mona as one of its ‘150 Fearless Women of 2012’. Mona Eltahawy is a journalist and commentator on Arab and Muslim issues. She has appeared as a guest speaker on CNN, the BBC and Al Jazeera, and her essays have been published by the Washington Post, and the New York Times. She has won numerous awards including the European Union’s Samir Kasis Prize for Freedom of the Press in 2009.
Location: New York, USA Available for interview www.monaeltahawy.com @monaeltahawy
W&N Non-Fiction / Politics / Biography / Current Affairs • May 2015