How Muslim Women Are Challenging the Status Quo
Far from being powerless, they are making small choices that could lead to big changes in the Arab world.
When one of Katherine Zoepf’s classmates was killed in the Twin Towers on 9/11, her own certainties about life vanished in the rubble. What had compelled 19 young Arabic men to plot murder on the other side of the world? What was it like to live in a strict Muslim society? Her new book, Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Women Who Are Transforming the Arab World, is the story of her journey to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and other Middle Eastern countries, where she gained rare access to the lives and dreams of young women.
Talking from her home in New York’s East Village, she explains why, since the Arab Spring, female genital mutilation is on the rise