Muslim Voices and Lives in the Contemporary World [NOOK Book]

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Muslim Voices and Lives in the Contemporary World tells the stories of eleven remarkable people in the Islamic world, with each account written by an American scholar who came to know that person well. From a religious musician in Pakistan who sings the sufferings of the saints and hopes to bring reconciliation to his country, to a visual artist from a traditional family in Egypt who wants her work to speak to the whole world, to the son of one of the greatest Shi‘ite scholars of Iraq who was murdered trying to ...

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Muslim Voices and Lives in the Contemporary World

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Overview

Muslim Voices and Lives in the Contemporary World tells the stories of eleven remarkable people in the Islamic world, with each account written by an American scholar who came to know that person well. From a religious musician in Pakistan who sings the sufferings of the saints and hopes to bring reconciliation to his country, to a visual artist from a traditional family in Egypt who wants her work to speak to the whole world, to the son of one of the greatest Shi‘ite scholars of Iraq who was murdered trying to restore peace in his city, to an Afghan aid agency manager who works to help her people in unstable times, these stories counter some of the misconceptions of Muslim women and men that exist in the Western world. These lively and memorable accounts are distinguished by their immediacy, depth, variety, and breadth and are sure to resonate.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Provides in-depth portraits of ordinary Muslims in a variety of every-day contexts in order to overcome insidious Western stereotypes.”—Richard Antoun, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, State University of New York at Binghamton

"This is an outstanding collection of the personal lives of a variety of persons who are believers of Islam and for whom their religion is an important part of their daily lives. It is extremely well written and contains interesting stories that simultaneously convey a great deal of first hand material, as well as underlying aspects of Islamic life."— Barbara C. Aswad, Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, Wayne State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230264212
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/29/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 508 KB

Meet the Author

Frances Trix is Associate Professor of Linguistics and Anthropology, Indiana University.

John Walbridge is Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Indiana University.

Linda Walbridge was a cultural anthropologist specializing in Shi‘ism and Islam in the West. She died in 2002.

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Table of Contents

“The Seeing of our Eyes:”Albanian Sufi Baba (Balkan Sufi leader in US)--Frances Trix * Fadma: Healer of Women & Weaver of Textiles (Moroccan Berber healer)--Cynthia Becker
• Master Singer of Pakistan: Baba Shafqat (Pakistani religious musician)--John & Linda Walbridge
• Esmat’s Life of Travail:”You Yourself help me God” (Iranian village woman)--Mary Hegland
• Emine: Muslim University Student in Berlin (Turkish student in Germany)--Katherine Ewing
• The Intricacies of Being Senegal's Shi'ite Sheikh (Lebanese religious leader in West Africa)--Mara Leichtman
• Son of an Ayatollah: Abd al-Majid al-Khu’i (Iraqi religious leader in Great Britain)--John & Linda Walbridge
• The Irrepressible Salma (Afghan aid agency manager)--Pat Omidian
• Growing up Muslim in America: Dr. Anisa Cook (African-American pediatrician)--Frances Trix * A Javanese Muslim Life of Learning (Indonesian legal scholar)--R. Michael Feener
• A Hometown Artist of the World: Sabah Naim (Visual artist in Egypt)--Jessica Winegar

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