Top positive review
Well Written With One Complaint
Reviewed in the United States on August 12, 2013
At first when reading this book I found the first few cases hard to believe but as time went on I realized that it was in fact real. Seeing the things that many of these women and their families have to deal with on a daily basis makes me glad to have been born in a first world country. Many of the times the book was difficult to read due to the content and I was thinking of stopping until the authors reassured me that such a situation is not hopeless or impossible to change. The authors also mentioned a few success stories and ideas about how we can contribute in order to support this idea.
One of the things that bothered me was the double standard that the authors seemed to have when blaming Christianity for the gap in women's rights but bent over backwards to excuse fundamentalist Islam and Islam as a whole. I found the author's attempt to paint Islam as superior to all the other religions when it came to the treatment of women as suspect. The authors attempt to argue that the fundamentalists are misinterpreting the Quran but one of the ways to apologize for the inhumanity of religion is to make the original words say whatever you want them to say. Christian apologists are adept at twisting words and interpretations to make them fit a preconceived image and likely muslim apologists do the same.
I noticed the authors had no problem denouncing Christianity for "The God Gap" in politics as being responsible for limits on abortion, women's rights, etc., but are not willing to paint Islam in the same light. This may be due to the fact that many of the countries where they operate are mostly muslim in terms of religiosity but I found the obvious double standard to be ridiculous at times. Not once do they mention the Quran's specific limitations on Women's Rights but they had no trouble bringing up the old justification for women's disadvantage in Christianity. Namely that Eve ate the fruit first and was the weakest vessel in all respects. There can be no doubt that under all forms of Theocracy that women are always treated as second class citizens however the authors seemed to miss this or deliberately ignored it in the case of Islam.
Despite that one problem I still recommend this book.