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Product Details

  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (May 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082542402X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825424021
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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. . . An easily read, easy to understand book that gives plenty of information as well as great real life stories of women who found Christ despite the oppressing nature and fear of the religion. (Teen4Jesus 2004-06-03)

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More than half a billion women live their lives peering out from behind heavy veils. Their lives are mysterious, misunderstood, and often marked by great persecution and hopelessness.

This groundbreaking book written by women intimately familiar with the world of Islam, draws back the covering on every stage and aspect of life for the Muslim woman—as a child, wife, mother, sister, and religious adherent.

The contributors, ranging from missionaries in Islamic countries, to reporters and former Muslims, paint a powerful picture of what it means to be a voice behind the veil.

Ergun Mehmet Caner (Th.M., Southeastern Seminary; Th.D., University of South Africa) is currently Professor of Theology and Church History at Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia. During his seventeen years as a pastor and now as a professor, Dr. Caner has lectured on apologetics, world religions, and theology in eleven countries and has been interviewed on CNN, The 700 Club, and the BBC, among many others. He is the coauthor of More Than a Prophet and the best-selling book, Unveiling Islam.


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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Thomas C. Walton on June 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
The true problem is that the religion and experiences described in this book are so offensive to some that they attack the author and ignore the truth that the book exposes. I have studied the Quran and teaching since Sept 11th 2001 and find Dr. Caner view to be correct. The interesting lame attack by a man that has most likely even met Dr. Caner tells you more about this book and its validity than anything I can say. In the nature of true disclosure let me state I have met and listen to many sermons from Dr. Caner and find him to be the the light of the earth. I also noticed that the negative reviews of this book were name calling unsubstantiated mumblings of those with nothing informative to say..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sojourner Truth on April 11, 2014
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Though probably not the most comprehensive view on the subject, the information is useful in relating to Muslims. The stories are poignant, but to the point.
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33 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 12, 2004
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I had to read this book twice to grasp all the information that it offered on the Islamic religion. The author is a former Muslim so he knows the subject well. His information is timely and very relevant to our world today which teaches many errors about Islam.
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31 of 50 people found the following review helpful By efferz on June 15, 2005
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This book was easy to read and very informative. Particularly useful for women who are in a position to reach out to Muslim women and assist them find relief from the tragic ordeal they face under the oppresion of Islam. Muslim culture clearly prohibit any non muslim man from approaching muslim women , so it befalls on non-muslim women to make the approach. Very good book and highly recommended for those who would like to help out those unfortunate veiled muslim women find their way to freedom.
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20 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Randal T. Crudgington on May 14, 2004
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It is interesting to read reviews that have aparrently not read the text but race to measure its merit. I wonder, has the above Canadian educator taken just one step into the middle east?
I have found this work to be compassionate and full of Christian love for Muslim women. If you wish to understand the plight of Muslim women and thier lack of human rights do a study for yourself and start with this text. It is unashamed of its Christian worldview but accurate and, especially in the case of chapter 2 by Ms. Naser, quite poignant. Read it and judge for yourself.
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19 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 2004
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Dr. Caner has set out on a noble cause to present a view of the Islamic world through the eyes of women, but he fails at effectively reporting on this. Specifically, the case studies used are rather vague and not only that, but built largely on assumptions. The actual narratives from the women are ignored in the analysis, where superflous information is added in order to give the womens testimonies whatever bent Caner intended.
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25 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Nurse/midwife/educator on May 1, 2004
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This book was written with the specific & stated intent of teaching Christians how to best approach Muslim women with the express purpose of drawing them away from their own religion and converting them to Christianity. It supports many of the Western stereotypes of the most extreme Islamicist sects (similar to a Muslim presenting the most extreme Christian sects as "normal") and does not acknowledge the many positive practises, beliefs and cultural practises common to the large majority of Islam. The "women's voices" are a few Christian missionaries living in Islamic cultures, with the odd example given of a Muslim women who has denounced her faith & become Christian. The book does present various verses from the Koran & the Hadiths, but these are very selective and give a biased view of this religion. The book is, in my opinion, mostly Christian religious propaganda.
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37 of 75 people found the following review helpful By EternalSeeker on January 5, 2005
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This book was a complete disappointment. Far from providing insight into the lives of Muslim women, it is nothing but Christian propoganda masquerading as information.

Among many other problems, this book consistantly confuses cultural tradition for religious practice. It does not provide a balancing viewpoint of contempory women in Islam, and cites way too much outdated material.

The author, Ergun Mehmet Caner, also seems convieniently oblivious to 19 centuries of similar legal and social repression against women in Christendom, much of which has only been reversed in the last generation or two. This is especially egregious since it treats the position of Muslim women as if isolated in history, and assumes that "liberation" will only come with conversion to Christ, not natural social progress.

Another sticking point is its continual division between Allah (Arabic for the one, eternal God of Moses, the Torah AND Jesus) and the [supposedly different?] God of Christianity. These are the same, as anyone following Islam can tell you. Additionally, it totally misses the huge difference between the aims and repressions of Islamic fundamentalists and the reality of contemporary, mainstream Islam.

DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY. If you are looking for real information about the place of women throughout the Islamic world, may I suggest you try: ANY of the "Culture Shock..." books for the region (Iran, Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia); Nine Parts of Desire (Geraldine Brooks); Price of Honor(Jan Brooks); Honeymoon in Purdah; Modern Iran (Nikki E. Keddi); et,al.

One final caveat: Treatment of Islamic women varies from country to country, from one generation and socio-economic level to another, from rural to urban, from traditional to progressive. One book is never going to cover it all, or at least that book has yet to be written in the West.
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