written by Fatema Mernissi, Moroccan sociologist and writer

published in 1975

breaks the ethnocentric stereotypes Western society had developed towards Islam, especially Muslim women

She fought the notion that “Muslim women were helpless victims of both their religion and the men of their religion”.

She said that Muslim women were not victims of their religious practices any more than Western women were victims of the patriarchy; both groups of women were oppressed by specific social institutions within a religion or society created to profit from the marginalization of others.

Said Western women were veiled, just as Muslim women were, yet Western veils were much more discreet

Highlights why Intersectional feminism is important