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Daughters of Another Path: Experiences of American Women Choosing Islam Paperback – December 1, 1995

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Daughters of Another Path: Experiences of American Women Choosing Islam reflects Carol Anway's experiences as a mother whose daughter became a Muslim convert and the journey of reconciliation and acceptance of her daughter's change in tradition. Daughters of Another Path includes portions of stories from fifty-three American born women who have chosen to become Muslim. Why and how they came to Islam; what their lives are like as a result of that choice; How non-Muslims can relate to Muslims that are relatives, friends, co-workers, and acquaintances. -- Midwest Book Review
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Yawna Publications; Edition Unstated edition (December 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964716909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964716902
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,253,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One review called this book "SAD", another "INACCURATE" and I think what is truly sad and inaccurate is the attitude that these reviewers displayed. It is clear to me that the problem they have is not with this book but with the religion.
The point of this book is to show how families of women who converted to Islam have been affected by their daughters' choices. It is not meant to justify or criticize these choices - just to present them as food for thought and discussion. I think it is the author's hope that her book will open doors of understanding between those daughters and their families so that they can do what families do best - give each other unconditional love and support.
A particular strength of this book is that the women who responded to the survey represent a broad sample of women converts to Islam. I think this is an important contribution because it helps to break the stereotype that women converting to Islam do it only because of their husband's coercion or because they are "lost souls". The book shows that between the two extremes there are many intelligent and open-minded women who have independently chosen the path of Islam.
The only reason I did not give this book 5 stars is because I felt there could have been more input from Muslim women in the *analysis* of the responses. At times it felt like the book was kind of a cut and paste job, with the author's comments here and there.
I think it would also have been a better book had Anway gotten a broader range of input from Islamic scholars on the doctrinal information that she included. I felt that she presented Islam as having a rather narrow/definitive system of beliefs - and those familiar with Islam know that there is a great deal of variation among the scholars and the believers. In fact, the responses to her survey clearly show that the "other path" chosen by these women is not one path, but many paths going in the same direction.
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By A Customer on August 3, 2001
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When I purchased this book, I was surprised to find that it read more as a personal account of one woman's struggle to come to terms with her daughter's conversion to Islam from Christianity, then as a collection of essays by Islamic women about why they chose to convert. While this aspect of the book exists, I found the excerpted nature of the material, along with the author's piecemeal (and rather non-committal) commentary to leave me flat, wishing for more details about the individual Muslim women and their stories. This book is interesting, but not compelling, and I would recommend it more for people facing the same situation as the author -- committed Christians who are trying to come to terms with a loved one's conversion to the Islamic faith -- than I would to anyone striving to gain a deep understanding of what Islam means to those who have converted.
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I read this book some time ago in the hope that it would facilitate improvement in my relations with my parents - relations that deteriorated significantly upon my reversion to Islam (which, by the way, had nothing to do with meeting some foreign muslim male and falling in love.) The book is very helpful in its organized analysis of the issues involved when a 'new' muslim woman wishes to maintain a favorable relationship with her non-muslim family. Its only deficiency is that it does not provide enough perspectives from non-muslims who are atheist, secular, or Jewish, rather than Christian. It also does not deal particularly well with the concept of a Western woman embracing Islam independent of any encouraging or supportive muslim male with whom she has a significant relationship. There is a fundamental assumption that a man is always involved in the life of a muslim woman, which is incorrect - especially for reverts to Islam.
I nevertheless recommend this book to anyone trying to understand why a loved one chose Islam rather than whatever their "heritage" provided for them. I also recommend that born muslims, both male and female, read this book so that they may develop greater compassion for the significant, often extremely heart-wrenching struggles many reverts to Islam experience with the people who raised them, loved them, and cared for them for most of their lives. Any born muslim male who is considering marrying a revert to Islam should definitely read this book - as these issues will also affect him to a certain degree.
I am very impressed that Carol L. Anway (the revert's mother) had the courage to face her fears and actually search for greater understanding in the face of such an emotionally traumatic experience. Her book is of great service to any reader.
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I'm not Muslim myself, but I have long had a lot of love, respect, and admiration for Islam and Muslims (growing up in the Eighties and early Nineties, my family were even friends with a wonderful Iranian family who had fled the Revolution). It answers a lot of questions and concerns of not only the loved ones of women who have become Muslims but also of people who just would like to know more about Islam, particularly modern womens' role in it and why so many American women are choosing to become Muslims. I'd like to consider myself pretty knowledgeable about the faith despite not being a member, but I too ended up learning things I hadn't known about before. It's clear that the women who responded to the survey sent out by Mrs. Anway and her daughter Jodi are very happy in Islam, feel it empowers them instead of, as the media would have people believe, oppresses or represses them, have wonderful marriages (although there were a few respondents who reported having had bad marriages, it was clear that that was the fault of the "men" they had had the misfortune of marrying, not because of the nature of Islam itself), feel very in tune with spiritual matters, and in many cases are happier about themselves and their lives since choosing Islam. It saddens and upsets me to see reviewers giving this book low ratings not because of the content but because they apparently dislike Islam anyway and seem to not believe anything positive about it. Are all of these women talking effusively about how they feel more liberated in hijab than in the type of clothing most American women wear, clothing which causes them to be looked at as a sex object and not a person, how well their husbands treat them, how warmly their in-laws welcomed them, how many rights women have under Islam, just brainwashed liars?Read more ›
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