Living Islam Out Loud : American Muslim Women Speak
7 journalers for this copy...
Sherlockfan, New Zeland
spaceystacey, NJ (US only)
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.
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
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.
This book being mailed to the next reader, today.
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.
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! :)