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Product Details

  • Series: I SPEAK FOR MYSELF (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: White Cloud Press (May 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935952005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935952008
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Maria M. Ebrahimji, M.A.
As the Director of Network Booking and Executive Editorial Producer for CNN, Maria Ebrahimji manages a team that is responsible for guest coverage and story planning for all of the network’s special events and breaking news programming. She is a member of the South Asian Journalists Association, the Southern Center for International Studies, and serves on the board of the Emory Development Institute. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Zahra T. Suratwala, M.A.
Zahra Suratwala is President/CEO of Zahra Ink, Incorporated, a marketing on a consulting firm that works with a variety of small businesses. She obtained her Masters of Arts degree in English Literature from Loyola University Chicago. Her international perspectives and ability to negotiate her identity as a Muslim American woman comes from have lived live in Bangkok, Thailand and Cairo, Egypt after growing up in the American heartland. She lives today in Chicago, Illinois.

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Very well written and pleasant to read.
Taher Suratwala
In my interest in Islam was reaffirmed after I reading this book.
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This is not a book I would ordinarily choose to read.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Taher Suratwala on May 17, 2011
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Very well written and pleasant to read.

The book was eye-opening for me. I realized there is so much more diversity within the Muslim American community than I had realized. Also, reading the book gave me pause and forced me to reexamine my own identity and preconceptions.

Thoughtful and excellent read.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Whitneee on May 8, 2011
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"I Speak for Myself" has arrived at the absolute perfect time for our society. I could not put it down. The stories that the Muslim-American women in this book have shared are heartwarming, eye-opening and at times, riveting. Each woman writes about their very personal reality and everyone reading will find someone to identify with.

Above all, "I Speak for Myself" reinforces the fact that, at our very cores, we are all citizens of humanity. I highly recommend this book not only for leisure reading, but as a supplement in the classroom. Choose it for a book club selection. The more copies of "I Speak for Myself" that find their way into the hands of Americans, the sooner we will be on our way to true diversity, in both our hearts and minds.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ruwayda Mustafah Rabar on May 4, 2011
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Muslim women are often portrayed and depicted as silent slaves, unable to speak for themselves, and at the mercy of a male custodianship. This book debunks that Myth, as the voices of intelligent Muslim women, from diverse backgrounds illuminate. What's strikingly pleasant about this book is the diverse range of Muslim women, from those with a head-covering, and those without. It truly represents the Muslim community as it is -- diverse and full of intelligent women, not afraid to speak their mind.

Splendid book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joann Blackburn on May 7, 2012
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I found this book by "cruising the internet" and selected it as our THIRD book for study in our church ladies' group, Disciples Women's Ministry, (First Christian Church) for the coming year. It follows our reading The Faith Club and Half the Sky, and brings us full circle in our program "learning for understanding". Our ladies are retired professionals for the most part, average age is about 75, and they still love to learn and participate.

I Speak For Myself will make you chuckle, will make you laugh, and you might sometimes feel a little sad. You will not be offended and there is no violence (important to us as we finish Half the Sky). It made me think and have new awarenesses as I just read it for the fourth time in preparing for our studies.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carol on March 30, 2012
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I found this book very enlightening. I am an American Christian who has worked with people from all cultures. It was interesting to see how Muslim American women have achieved so much here without giving up their religious principles - especially after the attention focused on Muslims from 9/11. Their appreciation for American ideals and an environment where they can find independence, success and happiness should make us proud that we are all Americans.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Buckeyewildcat on December 20, 2011
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Loved this book and all the stories contained in it. These are some amazing young women, who have faced cultural and religious bias in their daily lives, yet have risen above and are great contributors to American society.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JJ Minarcik on July 16, 2011
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This is not a book I would ordinarily choose to read. However, it has enlightened my thoughts on Muslims. I did not know much about Muslims - but now I want to learn more. The stories from each woman is different, but yet they are all the same.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Muhammad Dhanidina on June 19, 2011
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A book that is very personal; about pragmatically living while retaining one's core values; about leadership - yes, leadership; profoundly spiritual and yes, profoundly American! The challenge the book lays out for the diverse American Muslim communities is to address issues raised and to improve existing support systems so that we [women and men] can all achieve our God given potential. The challenge the book lays out for all Americans is how we individually and collectively can address the gaps identified between our stated values about diversity and pluralism and the lived reality described in this book.I Speak for Myself: American Women on Being Muslim
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