Living Islam Out Loud : American Muslim Women Speak

by Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur | Religion & Spirituality |
ISBN: 0807083836 Global Overview for this book
Registered by bluesneak of Lawrenceville, Georgia USA on 12/27/2005
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7 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by bluesneak from Lawrenceville, Georgia USA on Tuesday, December 27, 2005
My friend's husband gave me a box full of books for the bookcrossing cause, none of which I've read before.

Journal Entry 2 by bluesneak from Lawrenceville, Georgia USA on Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Passing this along as a RABCK. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 3 by mrsordonez from Fenton, Missouri USA on Friday, July 28, 2006
Arrived safely, thank you! I will pass along again upon finishing.

Journal Entry 4 by mrsordonez from Fenton, Missouri USA on Saturday, June 02, 2007
Thought this book was quite interesting. Will be starting a ring for it. Interested parties so far:

SeamonkeyofTVCH, CA
Joanthro, CO
crrcookie, MD
nynjagrrrl, WI
Zepplin, UK
Midlifecrisis, UK
LyzzyBee, UK
Sternschnuppe28, GER
Pell, IT
SLC55, CA
mkpam, CA
Sherlockfan, New Zeland
CandyDarling, FIN
spaceystacey, NJ (US only)

Journal Entry 5 by mrsordonez from Fenton, Missouri USA on Sunday, July 08, 2007
This book has been mailed to the first reader!

Journal Entry 6 by SeamonkeyofTVCH from Fountain Valley, California USA on Saturday, July 14, 2007
Book arrived safe and sound; thanks for starting yet another interesting ring, mrsordonez!

May wait for almost a week until I return from Las Vegas to start, but perhaps it will go with me to the city of neon.

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Book stayed home; just afraid I might lose it there.

Interesting read, some essays much more illuminating than others... thanks again for the opportunity!!

From the Publisher
Living Islam Out Loud presents the first true generation of American Muslim women who have always identified as both American and Muslim. Without previous examples of how to be American Muslim women, these pioneers have had to forge new identities for themselves and for future generations.

Writing from diverse experiences and perspectives, the contributors include Sarah El-Tantawi, who has spoken on Muslim issues on Politically Incorrect and Hardball, and Asra Nomani, a former reporter for the Wall Street Journal. These voices, among others, speak out about the hijab (a traditional headscarf), relationships, sex and sexuality, activism, spirituality, and more.

From The Critics
Publishers Weekly
Muslim activist Abdul-Ghafur edits this book of essays and poems, all related to the experience of growing up Muslim and female in the United States. Two of the best and most absorbing essays come from African-American women: Khadijah Sharif-Drinkard, who grew up in Harlem and became a successful corporate attorney and public servant, and Precious Rasheeda Muhammad, who describes her childhood in the Nation of Islam as a dynamic, educational experience. But the tone of some of the other contributors can be whiny. Many seem marked by tragedy, varying from things unrelated to Islam (having an autistic child) to tensions arising from ethnic cultures (marrying a non-Muslim, enduring abusive semiarranged marriages). Some of the authors engage in vague spiritual discussions about the omnipresence of God and compare Islam to a forest, with male chauvinism being the weeds in the forest, but their ideas are too abstract to enhance one's understanding of Islamic spirituality. As with many anthologies, there is some repetition of ideas, not only within the book itself but also echoing themes from the authors' previous writings. Although the contributions are uneven, this anthology opens the door for other writers to explore the important and understudied topic of Muslim American women. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.


I've messaged the next on the list, Joanthro, and will send book off when I have an address.

Journal Entry 7 by SeamonkeyofTVCH at Post Office in Santa Ana, California USA on Friday, August 03, 2007

Released 13 yrs ago (8/3/2007 UTC) at Post Office in Santa Ana, California USA

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This book being mailed to the next reader, today.

Journal Entry 8 by wingJoanthrowing from Denver, Colorado USA on Tuesday, August 07, 2007
The book arrived in yesterday''s mail. I look forward to reading it!

Journal Entry 9 by wingJoanthrowing from Denver, Colorado USA on Sunday, September 23, 2007
My apologies for keeping the book so long. I have been way too busy these last two months.

I thought this was a great book and I am so glad I had a chance to read it. I appreciated that each writer seemed to speak from the heart and that each was finding their own way towards greater spirituality and understanding of their purposes in life. Thanks, mrsordenez, for passing this along!

Mailed to the next reader earlier today.

Journal Entry 10 by crrcookie from Tecumseh, Oklahoma USA on Tuesday, October 02, 2007
This book has arrived in Waldorf, MD!

I am interested in reading this book to see what it is all about. It will probably be a week before I get to it and get it finished but never fear I will be back to post my comments on it soon.

Journal Entry 11 by crrcookie from Tecumseh, Oklahoma USA on Thursday, October 11, 2007
So I managed to finish the book today. It was not an easy read and I found it to be getting somewhat repetitive after a time. There is not much of a story to it in the sense of it being really cohesive. More like a selection of short stories where everyone was assigned to write about the same thing.

The book is enlightening and I felt that I learned something not only about the religion but also about the people that practice it. I have always thought that women were repressed due tot he teachings of the religion but that seems to be false. They are repressed because they have not yet taken the freedoms that most American (Christian) women fought for and earned.

I was saddened to read about the women that were abused and made to feel like they were worthless and I am glad that they came to realizations that things can be different if they choose to make them so. I had hoped that the book would give a little more information to dispell the myths and misinformation that is so prevalent in the American population but I am glad that I read the book and gained the knowledge that I did. I think I would like to read more about this subject in the future.

I'll be passing this book along to nynjagrrrl. I have a book packaged up for a RABCK to her and will just add this book into that. I hope that I can mail out on Monday ... but I make no guarantees! :)

Journal Entry 12 by crrcookie from Tecumseh, Oklahoma USA on Thursday, October 11, 2007
I read and will release this book as part of the 2007 Keep Them Moving Release Challenge from the Release Challenges forum.

Journal Entry 13 by crrcookie from Tecumseh, Oklahoma USA on Wednesday, October 17, 2007
This book was mailed out to the next on the list, nynjagrrrl, today.

Journal Entry 14 by nynjagrrrl from Elkhorn, Wisconsin USA on Tuesday, October 23, 2007
I sent this book out a few weeks ago. Hopefully it reaches its destination soon.

Journal Entry 15 by Zepplin from Calne, Wiltshire United Kingdom on Thursday, January 03, 2008
Book arrived safely. However, I have not been at home for a while due to a bereavement. Sorry for the lateness in registering the book.

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