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Daughters of Another Path: Experiences of American Women Choosing Islam Paperback – December 1, 1995
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not the most exciting book I've ever read (I'd give the book a 3), but the seller and the way the order was handled deserves 5 stars. They were great.Published 6 months ago by Amanda
Travel your own path and find others along the way. A great read for anyone born or reverted to Islam!Published 9 months ago by Consignment Collective
I'm an Atheist. I bought this book because it was one of the only books I could find that was neither far left nor far right but right smack in the middle written from a... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sarah
This is written much like a research paper or interview. I did enjoy the stories and thought it was useful for converts or those interested in converting.Published 17 months ago by Courtney
This book is non bias and very candid. The author account of the story in the book is real and I can relate to myself. A very good book for non muslims and muslims alike to read. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Aisha Kalio-Affa
A very good book
Recommend it anyone who sincerely wants to lean about Islam.
The author is not Muslim-a must read
This book was very well written, and perfect for all new Muslim women to share with their families and friends. Read morePublished on December 10, 2013 by Zahirah
This book is nothing more then sales pitch for islam.
It leaves out all THE questions and controversies of Islam, such as female cutting, wife beating, sex inequality... Read more