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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; First Edition edition (March 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195177835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195177831
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.9 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,069,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"These well-respected scholars of Islam present the lives of observant Muslim women in all their diversity and complexity. Haddad, Smith and Moore pack an enormous amount of information into a relatively slim book --and for the most part they do so in a lively, compelling way." --Christian Century


"Highly recommended." --Choice


"This rich, well-researched and well-written book offers important new information on the lives of American Muslim women at home, work, and play. The authors, three prominent specialists on Islam in America, provide spectacular insights into both traditional and new ways in which Muslim women are participating in religious and political, academic and public life in America. A pioneering study that adds new dimensions to our knowledge about Islam and gender, and Islam in the West."--Barbara Freyer Stowasser, Professor of Arabic, Georgetown University, and author of Women in the Qur'an, Traditions, and Interpretation


"Muslim Women In America is a unique contribution to the growing body of literature on women in Islam, by three of the world's experts in the field. The authors challenge static views of the marginalized or oppressed Muslim woman, and demonstrate that Muslim women in America are diverse, dynamic, and changing the face of Islam." --Tamara Sonn, author of A Brief History of Islam


"A timely and insightful look into the lives of an American population that remains marginalized and misunderstood, four years after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Beautifully written, accessible, and well-researched by three leading scholars on American Muslims today, this book challenges stereotypes of American Muslim women by showing that they are more similar than they are different to other groups of U.S. women. They are full and active participants in society trying to balance family, education, and work demands. Filled with historical and contemporary evidence that demystifies the experiences of Muslim American women, this book will help bring this group to the fore of mainstream scholarship." --Jen'nan Ghazal Read, author of Culture, Class, and Work among Arab-American Women


About the Author


Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad is Professor of the History of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Georgetown University. Jane I. Smith is Professor of Islamic Studies and Co-Director of the Duncan Black Macdonald Center for Christian-Muslim Relations at the Hartford Theological Seminary. Kathleen M. Moore is Associate Professor of Law and Society at the University of California - Santa Barbara.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By miro on March 28, 2014
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Bought this for a grad level class and as an American Muslim woman (convert) I am disappointed in the lack of research put into this book. They would make broad statements about American Muslim women and then just use one instance or story to "prove" that statement. You cannot paint such a broad picture about American Muslim women. A lot of things that they said about us are particularly negative and things that I have found to be false based on my experiences, the mosques I've been to and from the experiences of my many Muslim American women friends. It also seems as if the author approves of and supports the ridiculous and unacceptable actions of Amina Wadud and those like her, when 95% percent of practicing Muslim women are disgusted by what she has done and says about Islam.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Mckean on July 17, 2007
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Muslim Women in America: The Challenge of Islamic Identity Today is a non-fiction work by Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad, Jane I. Smith, and Kathleen M. Moore that aims to explore the lives of Muslim women living in the United States. The major theme in this book is how Muslim women in America choose to fit themselves into society - how they balance between their religious beliefs and the country they live in. The book's eight chapters begin with "Setting the scene" - and introductory chapter that presents the issues that are intended to be addressed within the text. Within the introduction, the authors make a statement that their work does in fact intend to focus on those who consciously choose to uphold their religious and cultural affiliations and to do so openly.

"Persistent Stereotypes," the second chapter, explains the dichotomized impression that American society has of Muslim women: that of the eroticized, mysteriously veiled and seductive women, uneducated and oppressed women smothered in veils, and the image of the anti-west woman "extremist." The extreme vulnerability that Americans perceive is reiterated through missionaries' focus on helping the "poor heathens" and media's anonymous pictures of veiled women. Additionally, the media chose to focus on the atrocities of the Taliban while ignoring citizen's own efforts and activism to amend the situation. Lastly, the chapter addresses the misconception that all Muslim women choose to wear hijab, although the authors do concede that the head covering has become a symbol of adequate piety that can induce hierarchical interactions.

The main content of the book is also presented in a very eloquent fashion that stays true to the organizational tools, like chapter separation and sectional headlines within each chapter.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Nykiel on July 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The book Muslim Women In America by Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad, Jane I. Smith, and Kathleen M. Moore, is a nonfiction published by Oxford University Press, 2006. It is a nonfiction book detailing the lives of various Muslim women who the author interviewed regarding the role Islam plays in their life. It tells of their experiences regarding their interaction with other Muslims and non-Muslims, with a particular focus on the lives of these various women after 9/11.
The authors begin by addressing the various misconceptions about Islam which many Westerners have. The author stresses that many of the patriarchal interpretations of Islam stem not from the religion itself, but from the local customs of individual societies and nations, as well as individual clerics. They also give a brief, yet informative, overview of Muslim immigration to the United States from America's early days to the present, as well as the challenges that Muslim transnationals (immigrants) have faced throughout American history. Then the authors write about the various sectarian differences between Muslims, and the issue of anti-Muslim prejudice. Also presented is how many Muslim women have begun to fight for women's rights arguing the Muslim nature of feminism and the role of women in Islam. The book also discusses the role of Muslim educators, many of whom founded their own masajid and madaris. The book even includes a section pertaining to women in the arts. The last chapter, "Competing Discourses," essentially sums up the book, showing the diversity of interpretations of Islam, from the most strict to the most secular.
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Book Review: Muslim Women in America: The Challenge of Islamic Identity Today
The United States continually goes through streaks of anti-immigration, despite the fact that the majority of U.S citizens are descended from or are immigrants themselves. Muslim immigration has been no exception to the discrimination and prejudices that go on the America today, especially after the events of 9-11. The book Muslim Women in America: The Challenge of Islamic Identity today by Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad, Jane I. Smith, and Kathleen Moore addresses the misconceptions that lead to a lot of the discrimination and prejudices held against Muslims, specifically Muslim Women. Some of these issues include: misconceptions and portrayals of Muslim women in the media and the popular notion that Muslim women are victims under Islam, harassment, lawsuits, and injustices against Muslim women, particular those who choose to wear the hijab, defining the actual role of women in Islam, and the trials they face because of the differences in their culture being here in the U.S.
Muslim Women in America blames Films for often portraying sexist views of Muslim women particularly as victims of abusive husbands, as being submissive to male domination, or objects of sexual usage (concubines, one of 100 wives, promiscuous seducers, and belly dancers). Film and “Hollywood” in general tend to portray what will sell and what business will find as the emotional appeal of most interest, i.e. 9-11 events, now Middle Eastern ethnicity portrayed as violent or terrorist. The media rather much like the U.
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