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Phyllis Chesler's book, Islamic Gender Apartheid: Exposing a Veiled War Against Women, analyses some pervasive gender inequities in parts of the Muslim world that are enabled by culture and laws. The book comprises essays, columns and articles written over decades, from the time the author was a captive bride in Kabul in the 1960s to the present day.

The book, therefore, shows the historical progression of these injustices and confirms that they have become worse as fundamentalism continues to grow in many parts of the Islamic world. Some of this deterioration can be seen in the introduction of draconian legislation such as the adultery laws of Pakistan.

The author also notes with disdain that criticism of such practices has become taboo in some Western circles and that "with some precious exceptions, Second, Third and Fourth wave feminists are silent on the subject of Islamic gender apartheid."


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