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Daughters of Islam: Building Bridges with Muslim Women Paperback – March 5, 2002
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A third critic calls Daughters of Islam "misleading and offensive because it "generalizes" Muslim women by telling "a few sad stories and makes it seem that all Muslim women are oppressed, stupid, and in need of God." This is ridiculous. Miriam Adeney has got to be about the last person on earth
to portray Muslim women as "stupid." "Oppressed?" Again, she explicitly denies this is true of "all" Muslim women; but who can honestly deny that it is true of many? A 1988 UN survey of the status of women around the world that made no explicit reference to religion, yet the countries it found had the lowest status for women were mostly Muslim. It is one thing to decry over-generalizations; another to pretend that generalizations have no force at all.
Daughters of Islam is an honest book written by a kind and personable anthropologist. It's primary audience is Christians who want to "reach Muslim women for Christ," as they put it. The book is well-written and engaging, full of lively stories.Read more ›
If you're a Christian or Jew or agnostic or missionary or atheist or anthropologist (or whomever) who wants to learn more about women with Muslim backgrounds, or a Muslim who wants to understand more about Muslims in other countries who look for meaning to Jesus, this book is a treasure.
I enjoyed reading the stories in this book. There are dozens of life stories from women who have converted from Islam to Christianity in Africa, the USA, and the Arab world. In between these stories are reflections on the challenges of family, money, education, and culture as experienced by some women in the Arab world. Miriam Adeney, a Christian anthropologist, has interviewed these women over seven years by traveling all around the world, and as a trained anthropologist she tries to be sensitive to their perspectives and the context in which they live, while being open about her own views.
Most missional Christians will find this book sensitive and loving towards people that God would like them to invite into their religious community. And yet I understand how this can be upsetting to Muslims, written by an outsider with desires and goals contrary to their own -- a Muslim book about Christians who converted to the wonderful life of Islam would be similarly upsetting to many Christians.
However, I would remind prospective readers that Adeney's audience is Christians who want to form relationships with Muslims, and for them, she writes beautiful stories that humanize Muslims for those of us who live in the West, an environment often quite negative towards Islam. These stories draw us away from stereotypes of terrorists and victims, and lead us into insight on what it means to be a woman making decision about her life, what it means to convert, and the respect and care that any religious person needs if they hope to invite someone from another faith to learn more about their own.
A book very well done!
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This book has really opened my eyes to what it is like to be a Muslim woman.Published 3 months ago by Denise Odonoghue
I recently read Daughters of Islam: Building Bridges with Muslim Women. A look at the diverse cultures of Muslim women; from the liberated and politically active to the resourceful... Read morePublished on May 9, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed this book. The stories are heart-warming... and from my limited knowledge, characteristic of what Muslim ladies face. It treats them with honor and respect. Read morePublished on January 8, 2010 by gateman
Suprise suprise Author of this book. Incase you didnt know there is a huge difference between tradition and religion. An arab proverb doesnt make it an Islamic proverb. Read morePublished on April 8, 2006 by anne
By cherry-picking some stories, the author has done a great favor to the western and Christian readers. Read morePublished on March 9, 2005 by North Star