Praise for the first edition:
“An impressive collection of more than 50 pieces — essays, poems, folktales, short stories, memoirs, film scripts, lectures/speeches — by Arab women challenging the widely accepted view of Middle Eastern women as submissive non-thinkers to whom feminism is a foreign concept.” — Booklist
“Anyone interested in good writing should read [Opening the Gates]. Here are first-class stories with the energy and freshness we expect from a beginning.” — Doris Lessing, The Independent
“This collection of stories, speeches, essays, poems and memoirs bears fierce testimony to a tradition of brave Arab feminist writing in the face of subjugation by a Muslim patriarchy.” — Publishers Weekly
“This impressive collection of writings by Arab women… represent[s] a powerful series of vignettes by women who were both insightful and gifted, into the lives of women who have lived ‘behind the veil’ over the last 100 years.” — Arab Book World
“An expression of indigenous, intrepid feminism in the Arab world.” — Ms.
“Opening the Gates succeeds not because of its methodology, but because of the stories the women tell.” — Voice Literary Supplement