Muslim Women in America: The Challenge of Islamic Identity Today

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The treatment and role of women is one of the most discussed and controversial aspects of Islam. In this volume, three respected scholars of Islam survey the situation of women in Islam, focusing on how Muslim views about and experiences of gender are changing in the Western diaspora. It offers an overview of the teachings of the Qur'an and the Prophet Muhammad on gender, analyzes the ways in which the West has historically viewed Muslim women, and examines how the Muslim world has changed in response to Western ...

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Overview

The treatment and role of women is one of the most discussed and controversial aspects of Islam. In this volume, three respected scholars of Islam survey the situation of women in Islam, focusing on how Muslim views about and experiences of gender are changing in the Western diaspora. It offers an overview of the teachings of the Qur'an and the Prophet Muhammad on gender, analyzes the ways in which the West has historically viewed Muslim women, and examines how the Muslim world has changed in response to Western critiques. The volume then centers on the Muslim experience in America, examining Muslim American analyses of gender, Muslim attempts to form a new "American" Islam, and the legal issues surrounding equal rights for Muslim females. Such specific issues as dress, marriage, child custody, and asylum are addressed. It also looks at the ways in which American Muslim women have tried to create new paradigms of Islamic womanhood and are reinterpreting the traditions apart from the males who control the mosque institutions.

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Editorial Reviews

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"These well-respected scholars of Islam present the lives of observant Muslim women in all their diversity and complexity. Haddad, Smith and Moore pack an enormous amount of information into a relatively slim book --and for the most part they do so in a lively, compelling way." --Christian Century

"Highly recommended." --Choice

"This rich, well-researched and well-written book offers important new information on the lives of American Muslim women at home, work, and play. The authors, three prominent specialists on Islam in America, provide spectacular insights into both traditional and new ways in which Muslim women are participating in religious and political, academic and public life in America. A pioneering study that adds new dimensions to our knowledge about Islam and gender, and Islam in the West."--Barbara Freyer Stowasser, Professor of Arabic, Georgetown University, and author of Women in the Qur'an, Traditions, and Interpretation

"Muslim Women In America is a unique contribution to the growing body of literature on women in Islam, by three of the world's experts in the field. The authors challenge static views of the marginalized or oppressed Muslim woman, and demonstrate that Muslim women in America are diverse, dynamic, and changing the face of Islam." --Tamara Sonn, author of A Brief History of Islam

"A timely and insightful look into the lives of an American population that remains marginalized and misunderstood, four years after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Beautifully written, accessible, and well-researched by three leading scholars on American Muslims today, this book challenges stereotypes of American Muslim women by showing that they are more similar than they are different to other groups of U.S. women. They are full and active participants in society trying to balance family, education, and work demands. Filled with historical and contemporary evidence that demystifies the experiences of Muslim American women, this book will help bring this group to the fore of mainstream scholarship." --Jen'nan Ghazal Read, author of Culture, Class, and Work among Arab-American Women

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199793341
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/27/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,027,109
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad is Professor of the History of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Georgetown University. Jane I. Smith is Senior Lecturer in Divinity and Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs at Harvard Divinity School. Kathleen M. Moore is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California - Santa Barbara.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
1 Setting the Scene
2 Persistent Stereotypes
3 Embracing Islam
4 Practices of the Faith
5 Gender and the Family
6 Muslim Women in the Crucible
7 Claiming Public Space
8 Competing Discourses
Glossary
Sources
Index

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