Paradise Beneath Her Feet

Hardcover $26.00

Random House | Apr 27, 2010 | 352 Pages | 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 | ISBN 9781400066957

  • Paperback$17.00

    Random House Trade Paperbacks | Feb 26, 2013 | 368 Pages | 5-3/16 x 8 | ISBN 9780812978551

  • Hardcover$26.00

    Random House | Apr 27, 2010 | 352 Pages | 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 | ISBN 9781400066957

  • Ebook$14.99

    Random House | Apr 27, 2010 | 368 Pages | ISBN 9780679603696

Praise

“Outstanding . . . [Isobel Coleman] takes us into remote villages and urban bureaucracies to find the brave men and women working to create change in the Middle East.”—Los Angeles Times
 
“[An] engrossing portrait of real Muslim women that reveals how Islamic feminists . . . are working with and within the culture, rather than against it . . . to forge ‘a legitimate Islamic alternative to the current repressive system.’ Coleman doesn’t diminish the enormity of the struggle, but she argues convincingly that it might yet rewrite Islam’s future.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“A nuanced view of Islam’s role in public life that is cautiously hopeful.”—The Economist
 
“Eye-opening . . . Deeply religious, profoundly determined and modern in every way, these are twenty-first-century women bent on change. Hear them roar and see a future being born before our eyes.”—Booklist

“I would read anything by Isobel Coleman. No other writer I know sheds greater light into the social and political conflicts of the Greater Middle East with more insight and sensitivity. Far from a dry academic tome on the plight of women in this troubled region, Paradise Beneath Her Feet offers readers an immediate, unbiased account of the lives of real women who are challenging not only the unjust restrictions placed on them by their own societies, but also the tired stereotypes and empty generalizations placed on them by the West. This is a clearly written, deeply moving, and wonderfully enlightening book.”—Reza Aslan, author of No God but God and How to Win A Cosmic War

“Isobel Coleman has written a profoundly important book that illustrates how and why women are at the core of human progress, especially in the 21st century. She traveled the Islamic world to capture first-hand the poignant stories of a new generation of leaders as they struggle to transform their societies. A must-read for anyone who wants to understand the region.” —Robin Wright, author of Dreams and Shadows The Future of the Middle East
 
“Women are on the front lines of our most critical human rights struggles today, particularly in war-torn countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Isobel Coleman has written a deeply engaging book that shows how Muslim women—and men—across the greater Middle East are driving social justice by promoting cultural change from within their own societies. This is a must read for anyone who cares about truly sustainable development.”—Angelina Jolie, UN Goodwill Ambassador and co-chair, the Jolie-Pitt Foundation

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