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A former Wall Street Journal reporter, Nomani has invented her own nonfiction genre: gender-sensitive Muslim travel writing. An excellent companion to Nomani's first book, Tantrika, this memoir treads similar ground, chronicling her pilgrimage to Mecca, or hajj, in 2003. Throughout the book, Nomani is filled with self-doubt and healthy frustration with her Islamic faith. The portions describing hajj, particularly the other pilgrims' warmth to her infant son, are original and enjoyable. [...] The second half of the book records Nomani's pioneering struggle at her mosque for equal treatment of women. Daring to enter the men's door at the mosque, Nomani is repeatedly ostracized, and her father—a founder of the mosque—vilified by his counterparts. Nomani decries the Wahhabi takeover of American mosques and demands reform—a call that will resonate with the average American Muslim. The stories of her preteen niece and nephew introduce readers to a new generation of Muslims who are American and equality-minded. Through memorable personal narrative, Nomani gently instructs readers about modern Islam and her role as a woman within it. (Jan. 18)
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*Starred Review* Even as she struggled to reconcile her quest for love and equality with her desire to be a good Muslim, Nomani never intended to become an activist dedicated to freeing Islam from the ideologies of misogyny and hate. But she had traveled the world as a Wall Street Journal correspondent, stood by helplessly while her close friend and colleague, Daniel Pearl, was murdered in the name of Allah, and then became a single mother, thus a criminal in the eyes of conservative Muslims. Determined to find the true spirit of Islam, Nomani travels to Mecca on the holiest of pilgrimages, the hajj, a life-changing experience she chronicles with compelling detail, candor, and passion both intellectual and spiritual as she also explicates Islam's intrinsic respect for women as embodied in such figures as Hajar (known as Hagar to Jews and Christians). Inspired by her discoveries, Nomani returns home to Morgantown, West Virginia, and courageously launches a protest against her mosque's sexist policies, an effort that, thanks to her resounding eloquence and investigative expertise, has had global consequences. Ultimately, Nomani's riveting, cogent, and inspiriting account urges the moderate majority in all faiths to rescue their traditions from those who twist religion into a weapon of mass oppression and terror. Donna Seaman
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I read the first chapter and really love the story of this courageous Muslim Woman.Published 4 months ago by Stephanie E. Horn
I encourage other readers to read the sample prior to buying this book. The book is a narrative of the struggles the author has faced a woman who has had a child out of wedlock... Read morePublished 10 months ago by RM
Do not be misled by the title of Standing Alone in Mecca . . . because it speaks not about Islam or even religion but for the eternal human search for liberty, fairness and... Read morePublished 20 months ago by NV
This is something everyone should read, no question. Nomani has such a gift for opening the hearts of her readers unbeknownst to them. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Taylor Hastings
This book contains a very complete description of the haji (pilgrimage) plus lots of andedotal stories of modern day Muslim life in America. Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by Jodi Root
Every American should read this. It will help open our eyes to face the struggle our country faces. We need to be more aware!Published on January 6, 2013 by Barbara Amato
the book is poorly writen. fight of ideas. can not keep focus. waste of time to read it. I would rather stick with Harry potter.Published on June 16, 2012 by Adnan Alghadban