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"For readers seeking religious arguments either supporting or opposing mainstream positions on gender issues such as virginity, Shirazi incorporates interpretations of Islamic law and Quranic verses alongside her own personal commentary. In addition, she makes the legal discussion of virginity more accessible by illustrating how particular international news sources have responded to the topic within their national boundaries.
In the rest of Velvet Jihad, Shirazi explores the subjects of infertility, dolls as cultural expression, art, and gender preference. On each subject, her analysis of news media discussions of these social problems remains strong and critical. By showing current grassroots organizations are resisting restrictions against women and promoting their empowerment, and by exposing cultural paradoxes that Iran faces in response to contraception and HIV/AIDS research, she keeps the conversation timely and relevant.
The topics explored in Velvet Jihad are quite accessible to a wide range of readers and provide a fascinating cross-cultural survey." --Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women's Studies Resources
--Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women's Studies Resources
"Discontent can stand strong, even when it isn't vocal. An intriguing dual study of women's and Islamic studies, highly recommended." -- The Midwest Book Review
--The Midwest Book Review