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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books; First Printing edition (February 5, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 083082345X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830823451
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #796,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Miriam Adeney (Ph.D. anthropology) is professor of global and urban ministries at Seattle Pacific University and teaching fellow at Regent College. She is the author of Daughters of Islam, God's Foreign Policy: Practical Ways to Help the World's Poor, A Time for Risking: Priorities for Women and How to Write: A Christian Writer's Guide.

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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 2003
Format: Paperback
I read this book as an assignment for a missions class in college. I was not expecting to actually enjoy reading the book, however, I was very surprised to find this book an easy read. This book is written in a very informational style and it tells many stories about various obstacles which Islamic women face. It also provides many ways in which Christian women can relate to Islamic women. I would recommend this book for any Christian missionaries who will be working in Islamic areas of the world. I would also recommend this for women who would like to know how to effectively witness to their Islamic neighbors.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By David Marshall on April 26, 2006
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I am not sure what book the critics below have been reading, but it is hard to believe it was this one. The most recent reviewer has nothing at all to say about the book. Another complains that Adeney has "cherry-picked" problems in Islamic societies: "I can also list all the ills in the Western society and blame it on Christianity . . . " But Adeney specifically admits that "Muslims are appalled at Western family life," with good reason, and that "millions" of Muslim women enjoy loving families. So who is this critic arguing with? (As for the critic's claim that Christianity had nothing to do with the high status of women in "Christendom," see my Jesus and the Religions of Man for detailed evidence to the contrary.)

A third critic calls Daughters of Islam "misleading and offensive because it "generalizes" Muslim women by telling "a few sad stories and makes it seem that all Muslim women are oppressed, stupid, and in need of God." This is ridiculous. Miriam Adeney has got to be about the last person on earth

to portray Muslim women as "stupid." "Oppressed?" Again, she explicitly denies this is true of "all" Muslim women; but who can honestly deny that it is true of many? A 1988 UN survey of the status of women around the world that made no explicit reference to religion, yet the countries it found had the lowest status for women were mostly Muslim. It is one thing to decry over-generalizations; another to pretend that generalizations have no force at all.

Daughters of Islam is an honest book written by a kind and personable anthropologist. It's primary audience is Christians who want to "reach Muslim women for Christ," as they put it. The book is well-written and engaging, full of lively stories.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kristopher Skye on January 19, 2010
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I was introduced to this book by a speaker at a Harvard University class. What struck me was the compassion that the author, who is an anthropologist, has for these women whose stories she tells. These are women who hail from a bevy of countries, continents, and cultures, a veritable feast for the spiritually and culturally interested.

If you're a Christian or Jew or agnostic or missionary or atheist or anthropologist (or whomever) who wants to learn more about women with Muslim backgrounds, or a Muslim who wants to understand more about Muslims in other countries who look for meaning to Jesus, this book is a treasure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Almelle on January 9, 2010
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As of posting this, I see a lot of very polarized reviews on this book. There are Christians who want to understand Muslim women in order to share their religion, and there non-Christians who feel that a book directed towards Muslim conversion is disrespectful. I'll try to stay more in the middle here!

I enjoyed reading the stories in this book. There are dozens of life stories from women who have converted from Islam to Christianity in Africa, the USA, and the Arab world. In between these stories are reflections on the challenges of family, money, education, and culture as experienced by some women in the Arab world. Miriam Adeney, a Christian anthropologist, has interviewed these women over seven years by traveling all around the world, and as a trained anthropologist she tries to be sensitive to their perspectives and the context in which they live, while being open about her own views.

Most missional Christians will find this book sensitive and loving towards people that God would like them to invite into their religious community. And yet I understand how this can be upsetting to Muslims, written by an outsider with desires and goals contrary to their own -- a Muslim book about Christians who converted to the wonderful life of Islam would be similarly upsetting to many Christians.

However, I would remind prospective readers that Adeney's audience is Christians who want to form relationships with Muslims, and for them, she writes beautiful stories that humanize Muslims for those of us who live in the West, an environment often quite negative towards Islam. These stories draw us away from stereotypes of terrorists and victims, and lead us into insight on what it means to be a woman making decision about her life, what it means to convert, and the respect and care that any religious person needs if they hope to invite someone from another faith to learn more about their own.

A book very well done!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jessie G. on May 9, 2012
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I recently read Daughters of Islam: Building Bridges with Muslim Women. A look at the diverse cultures of Muslim women; from the liberated and politically active to the resourceful women in Baudouin tents and how their surroundings contribute to who they are. They too have passions, fears and confidence. You'll find, like I have, that they are not very different from us.

This is a great resource as well as an enjoyable book full of individual stories of various women who call themselves Muslim.

Many of these women also share their stories of meeting Jesus. Who influenced them and how He ultimately revealed that He is the way, the truth and the life, to some of these women in a unique way for each.

It challenged me to treat others how I want to be treated and to see through eyes behind the veil. My past tendency has been to only see the differences and dismiss the stories, the hearts and the real people who deserve connection and love.
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