The Face behind the Veil

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For years, the image of the Muslim woman in America has been as mysterious as the face behind the veil. Is she garbed in the traditional hijab and chador? Is she subservient to a male-dominated culture and religion? Does she shop for groceries, do her nails, go to the gym? In this moving book, journalist Donna Gehrke-White provides a rare, revealing look into the hearts, minds, and everyday lives of Muslim women in America. Here in their own words are the many different voices of doctors, soccer moms, rebels, ...
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For years, the image of the Muslim woman in America has been as mysterious as the face behind the veil. Is she garbed in the traditional hijab and chador? Is she subservient to a male-dominated culture and religion? Does she shop for groceries, do her nails, go to the gym? In this moving book, journalist Donna Gehrke-White provides a rare, revealing look into the hearts, minds, and everyday lives of Muslim women in America. Here in their own words are the many different voices of doctors, soccer moms, rebels, reformers, former political prisoners, survivors, and activists-women of faith, courage, hope, and change-all Muslims, all Americans.
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Three and a half million Muslim women are making lives in America, balancing the claims of divergent cultures. The Face Behind the Veil, penned by award-winning Miami Herald journalist Donna Gehrke-White, offers a human view of heroic Americans we seldom see.
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In the aftermath of 9/11, profound interest in humanizing the face of American Islam has risen remarkably. Nowhere is this more evident than in the confluence of religion and women's studies, where the voices of American Muslims have been mined as a means to get at that authentically ambiguous entity, the modern woman behind the veil. Journalist Gehrke-White's work follows equally enlightening efforts such as last year's Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak and Shattering the Stereotypes: Muslim Women Speak Out. Gehrke-White rarely interjects herself into the narrative, but instead offers a brief introduction before presenting 50 oral narratives organized around categories like "The New Traditionalists," "The Converts," "The Persecuted," "The Changers," and "The Blenders." Closer to reportage than narrative, this book is weakened only by the lack of a conclusion or final synthesis. Included, however, are 16 pages of color photographs. In their diversity, forthrightness, and honesty, the voices of these women ultimately sound more American than anything else-and therein lies the strength of this book. Recommended where interest warrants.-Sandra Collins, Duquesne Univ. Lib., Pittsburgh Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780806527215
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction     1
The New Traditionalists     13
Zarinah: An Islamic-Style High School Queen     17
Why Sireen's Scarf Means So Much     23
Michaela's Muslimah High-Fashion Designs     28
Maria's Nightmare of an Arranged Marriage     36
Aysha: The Perils of Being A Muslimah     42
Areej: Wearing a Hijab into the Working World     46
Sakeena: Finding Her Way Home to America     52
Haseena's Lesson in Diversity     56
Dr. Amena Haq: A Stethoscope and a Hijab     58
The Enterprise of Edina     65
The Blenders     69
Zainab: A Pioneering Muslimah Feminist     73
Luby Teaches Americans About Islam     79
Fay: A Good Heart Is More Important Than Religious Rules     85
Cassy's Crisis: Removing Her Scarf to Get Her Daughter Back     90
Rahima: Far from Her Burqa-and Her Family     97
Shahida: She Goes to Med School; Her Husband Becomes Mr. Mom     100
Sabrina: A Muslim Mom on the Run     106
The Converts     109
Cathy's Conversion: A Minivan Mom Turns to Islam     113
Samirah: The High Costs ofBecoming a Muslim     116
Emma: A New Baby and a New Islamic Life     120
The Lessons of Cancer-Fighting Leslie     124
Fatima Reborn: From Partygoer to Muslim Matron     131
Juwayriah's Journey     136
Patricia: An Extraordinary Teacher Changed by Islam     141
Yuko Yearns For Family and Faith     146
Zuly: A Latina Finds Islam     151
Anisah: Living Veiled in Rural South Dakota     155
The Persecuted     163
When Voting Is a Joy     167
Senada: The Refugee Who Now Helps Others     170
Farida's Journey Back to Freedom     176
Tania, the Runaway     184
Deman: Safe from Bombings-and Saddam     188
Sakina's Miracle: From Refugee Camp to American Suburb     191
Shaima: Recovering from Her Husband's Murder     195
Salma's Journey     198
Hawa: The Queen Takes a Walk     203
The Changers     207
Sarah: Progressive and Proud of It     209
Ingrid: The Leader of the Mosques     217
Sarwat: Spreading the Word     223
Laila's Heavy Caseload: An M.D. with a Cause     230
Afeefa's Passions: Politics and Education      236
Clareen at the Front     240
W. L. Cati's Mission: Saving Abused Muslim Women     248
Aneesah: Scholar and Social Worker     255
Master Zakia Mahasa: Court Is in Session!     259
Azizah al-Hibri: Champion of Human Rights     264
Deedra's Duty     272
Dalia: Struggling for Civil Rights     278
Okolo's Odyssey: Starting the First U.S. Muslim Museum     283
Riffat: Life with a Purpose     289
Epilogue     294
Glossary     301
Resources     303
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2006

    A Wonderful Book about Religious Women in America

    I'm recommending this new book that takes a personal look at Muslim women in America. This Christian author discusses her encounters with Muslim women and the problems they have met in practicing their religion. It reveals the prejudices that exist and the difficulties that their dress and prayer schedules present. The interviews are candid and some of the women have become friends of the author. This is the first of a trilogy on women and religion in America. Future books will present Christian and Jewish women. The author makes a very good presentation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2006

    `Women speaking from their heart'

    A well written book by a person that is not an expert but gets to the heart of the matter by speaking to many women across the nation about their beliefs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2006

    Insightful book on muslim women in America

    Take an insightful journey into the lives of numerous muslim women in America. Find out how their lives here express the many freedoms they cannot enjoy elsewhere, as well as the stigma that is still placed upon them. There are similar books on this such matter, but none go the the depths of research that this book accomplishes. A definite two thumbs up on this one.

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