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I Speak for Myself: American Women on Being Muslim
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on May 5, 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2011
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As an American-Muslim woman, I looked forward to I Speak for Myself being published with great anticipation, and it was well worth the wait! This compilation of essays gives an incredibly intimate and forthright view into the diverse lives of American Muslim women and the many common threads running through those lives. ISFM not only told stories that resonated with my own and affirmed my own experiences and identity, it also opened my eyes to the many faces of American Muslim women and the multiplicity of their life experiences. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has any curiosity about this important segment of our beautifully diverse society!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2011
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I Speak for Myself should be required reading for anyone studying religion, of any stripe. I am so proud of these forty women who speak so insightfully about their life journeys to discover and internalize their personal Islam. As an African-American muslimah, I loudly applaud how these young women use their stories to educate the world about the diversity of Islam and how one can be an excellent and vibrant student, mother, teacher, lawyer, poet, etc. while openly embracing and exhibiting their love of Islam. The added bonus is the door they swing open to give readers a glimpse of how their parents view and practice Islam. If you want to learn about the next generation of Muslim leaders, this is the book you need to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2012
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I included this book as a primary source in the required texts for my course on women in Islam. After a thorough reading of scholarly secondary texts, we read this book and Love Insha Allah, in order to introduce my students to a cross-section of American Muslim women. It was a great way to help Islam and Muslim women real for my students. In their end of the semester reflections on the course, many students cited these books as among the most powerful materials we covered in the class
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