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intelligent woman (as the book makes plain) - illustrating the ...
on 16 December 2014
Wafa Sultan grew up in Syria. She was luckier than many, with a family that allowed her to become educated and, eventually, a doctor. But, living in a closeted, inward-looking Muslim society, where any man (however thick) has authority over any woman (however clever), and where obedience to authority is imbibed with mother's milk, it was not until she was obliged to leave and live in the US that she actually began to feel free enough to think. And this is an educated, intelligent woman (as the book makes plain) - illustrating the stultification inherent in a Muslim world.
The first part of the book is essentially this story - growing up in an authoritarian and misogynist world, then discovering that the outside world is not the degenerate and racist place that one has always been indoctrinated about. The last third or so of the book is an interesting thesis - based on experience - as to why the Muslim world is so limited and blinkered and authoritarian, and why it inevitably cannot actually meet the real needs of its peoples. You should read the book for the full details.
Wafa Sultan has gone on the achieve some fame/notoriety in televised conflicts with assorted wise men/mad bigots (depending on your point of view...), many of which can be found on Youtube. Brave woman, and an eye-opening book.