Travels in a Veil: A Journey into the Lives of Islamic Women

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I bought a headscarf to cover my short and spiky hair... and so begins the story of a young woman arriving in Peshawar, a volatile city on the border of Afghanistan.

It is 1998, little is known about this part of the world and she is just a backpacker who has wandered off the beaten track. Within days she will meet Shaheen, a charismatic Iranian man who will introduce her to a world of Muslim refugees, feminists, activists and women living in the most severe seclusion.

But is Shaheen the man he claims to be, and can a young western woman find a picture of Islam she can trust?

'Travels in a Veil' tells the brutal story of one woman exploring a new vision of Islam through the stories of nine extraordinarily diverse women.

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April Fonti is a travel writer, photographer and former photo editor whose features have appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian Newspaper among others.

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"A gripping, affecting account of a woman's travels in hidden worlds." - Kirkus Reviews

"As the world looks on and judges those women who wear head coverings, people argue the justification of such subjugation. Are these women's rights being violated? Perhaps it takes an outsider, a woman from outside of this culture, to infiltrate, if only temporarily, to understand the perspective both from within and from the outside. Australian author April Fonti undertook this challenge and has written a fascinating travelogue/memoir that follows her travels through Pakistan, Sweden and Iran." - Readers' Favorite

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