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Extraordinary Women from the Muslim World Hardcover – July 15, 2008

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EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN FROM THE MUSLIM WORLD wins 2008 NATIONAL BEST BOOK AWARD October 20, 2008 - Extraordinary Women from the Muslim World has been awarded a National Best Books 2008 Award in the category of Religion: Islam. --USA Book News

EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN FROM THE MUSLIM WORLD wins prestigious Middle East 'Youth Non-Fiction' Book Award. --Middle East Outreach Council

MUSLIM WORLD wins 2008 Moonbeam Children's Books PEACEMAKER AWARD established to honor the best book for promoting world peace and human tolerance. --Independent Publisher

EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN FROM THE MUSLIM WORLD wins prestigious Middle East 'Youth Non-Fiction' Book Award. --Middle East Outreach Council

MUSLIM WORLD wins 2008 Moonbeam Children's Books PEACEMAKER AWARD established to honor the best book for promoting world peace and human tolerance. --Independent Publisher

About the Author

Natalie Maydell studied at Exeter College, Oxford University and holds a Masters Degree in Ancient History from New College, Oxford University. Heba Amin received her B.A. in Studio Art from Macalester College and then pursued a post-baccalaureate program in painting at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She is currently pursuing her MFA at the University of Minneapolis. Sep Riahi is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and has a Masters degree from The University of Pennsylvania.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Global Content Publishing; First edition (July 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979990106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979990106
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,223,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This encyclopedic book provides short pieces on a wide variety of notable women from throughout Islamic history. From wives of Muhammad to an African poetess to a Turkish fighter pilot to an Indonesian freedom fighter to an Egyptian singer, this book dispels nearly every stereotype about Muslim women, and introduces many famous female role models to a younger audience for the first time.
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Excellent book. It has the layout of a children's book, but the content is too complete and interesting to validate that pigeonhole. The portraits are wonderful. The time spanned is from Mohammed (pbuh) to the present day. Excellent gift, and/or addition to one's own library.
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"...this book dispels nearly every stereotype about Muslim women, and introduces many famous female role models to a younger audience for the first time." Middle East Outreach Council

'Extraordinary Women...' is an illustrative introduction to 13 Muslim women in history who have lived extraordinary lives and influenced their communities in a positive way, often overcoming extreme hardship and inaccurate stereotypes that at times have been placed on the role of women in Islam. Among the women presented are Khadija bint Khuwaylid and Aisha bint Abu Bakr, wives of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) - Rabi'a al-Adawiyya, the most famous of Muslim women saints - Sultan Razia, warrior Queen of Delhi - Nana Asmau, scholar and poet - and Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize winner. They represent the breadth and depth of the Islamic world -- they lived anywhere from the 6th C to the 20th C and came from such diverse places as Arabia, Iraq, Yemen, India, Nigeria, Indonesia, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco and Iran.

Award Winner
National Best Books 2008 Award
2008 Moonbeam Peacemaker Award
2008 Middle East Book Award

Teachers/Librarians: VERY suitable for 7th grade and up! Social Studies/Humanities
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Comprising biographies from the first years of Islam to the twentieth century, this book covers a broad range of exemplary Muslim women. The range is excellent; some are religious figures, some are literary figures, some are political figures. The writing is for ages eight and up I would say. Nonetheless, my six-year old daughter enjoys this book. My four year-old daughter likes the idea of the book, but does find the stories a bit too long. I would recommend this for children six and up, though one would need to read aloud for children under the age of eight. I recommend the book for all young girls to give them positive examples of string women in Islamic history, and especially recommend it for Muslim girls. The well-written chapters also provide excellent insights into history for both boys and girls.
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I'm always looking for great books about Islam to buy for my young children. There are very few books in English that speak to the impact that Muslim women have had in this world and I was so happy to finally see one hit the market. This book is absolutely fantastic -- it not only covers the topic in an easy to read but intelligent factual format, the accompanying artwork is stunning. My young daughters love this book and feel inspired by it to become extraordinary women one day!
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