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Muslim Women in America: The Challenge of Islamic Identity Today Hardcover – March 2, 2006
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"These well-respected scholars of Islam present the lives of observant Muslim women in all their diversity and complexity. Haddad, Smith and Moore pack an enormous amount of information into a relatively slim book --and for the most part they do so in a lively, compelling way." --Christian Century
"Highly recommended." --Choice
"This rich, well-researched and well-written book offers important new information on the lives of American Muslim women at home, work, and play. The authors, three prominent specialists on Islam in America, provide spectacular insights into both traditional and new ways in which Muslim women are participating in religious and political, academic and public life in America. A pioneering study that adds new dimensions to our knowledge about Islam and gender, and Islam in the West."--Barbara Freyer Stowasser, Professor of Arabic, Georgetown University, and author of Women in the Qur'an, Traditions, and Interpretation
"Muslim Women In America is a unique contribution to the growing body of literature on women in Islam, by three of the world's experts in the field. The authors challenge static views of the marginalized or oppressed Muslim woman, and demonstrate that Muslim women in America are diverse, dynamic, and changing the face of Islam." --Tamara Sonn, author of A Brief History of Islam
"A timely and insightful look into the lives of an American population that remains marginalized and misunderstood, four years after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Beautifully written, accessible, and well-researched by three leading scholars on American Muslims today, this book challenges stereotypes of American Muslim women by showing that they are more similar than they are different to other groups of U.S. women. They are full and active participants in society trying to balance family, education, and work demands. Filled with historical and contemporary evidence that demystifies the experiences of Muslim American women, this book will help bring this group to the fore of mainstream scholarship." --Jen'nan Ghazal Read, author of Culture, Class, and Work among Arab-American Women
About the Author
Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad is Professor of the History of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Georgetown University. Jane I. Smith is Professor of Islamic Studies and Co-Director of the Duncan Black Macdonald Center for Christian-Muslim Relations at the Hartford Theological Seminary. Kathleen M. Moore is Associate Professor of Law and Society at the University of California - Santa Barbara.
Top Customer Reviews
The United States continually goes through streaks of anti-immigration, despite the fact that the majority of U.S citizens are descended from or are immigrants themselves. Muslim immigration has been no exception to the discrimination and prejudices that go on the America today, especially after the events of 9-11. The book Muslim Women in America: The Challenge of Islamic Identity today by Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad, Jane I. Smith, and Kathleen Moore addresses the misconceptions that lead to a lot of the discrimination and prejudices held against Muslims, specifically Muslim Women. Some of these issues include: misconceptions and portrayals of Muslim women in the media and the popular notion that Muslim women are victims under Islam, harassment, lawsuits, and injustices against Muslim women, particular those who choose to wear the hijab, defining the actual role of women in Islam, and the trials they face because of the differences in their culture being here in the U.S.
Muslim Women in America blames Films for often portraying sexist views of Muslim women particularly as victims of abusive husbands, as being submissive to male domination, or objects of sexual usage (concubines, one of 100 wives, promiscuous seducers, and belly dancers). Film and “Hollywood” in general tend to portray what will sell and what business will find as the emotional appeal of most interest, i.e. 9-11 events, now Middle Eastern ethnicity portrayed as violent or terrorist. The media rather much like the U.Read more ›
"Persistent Stereotypes," the second chapter, explains the dichotomized impression that American society has of Muslim women: that of the eroticized, mysteriously veiled and seductive women, uneducated and oppressed women smothered in veils, and the image of the anti-west woman "extremist." The extreme vulnerability that Americans perceive is reiterated through missionaries' focus on helping the "poor heathens" and media's anonymous pictures of veiled women. Additionally, the media chose to focus on the atrocities of the Taliban while ignoring citizen's own efforts and activism to amend the situation. Lastly, the chapter addresses the misconception that all Muslim women choose to wear hijab, although the authors do concede that the head covering has become a symbol of adequate piety that can induce hierarchical interactions.
The main content of the book is also presented in a very eloquent fashion that stays true to the organizational tools, like chapter separation and sectional headlines within each chapter.Read more ›
The authors begin by addressing the various misconceptions about Islam which many Westerners have. The author stresses that many of the patriarchal interpretations of Islam stem not from the religion itself, but from the local customs of individual societies and nations, as well as individual clerics. They also give a brief, yet informative, overview of Muslim immigration to the United States from America's early days to the present, as well as the challenges that Muslim transnationals (immigrants) have faced throughout American history. Then the authors write about the various sectarian differences between Muslims, and the issue of anti-Muslim prejudice. Also presented is how many Muslim women have begun to fight for women's rights arguing the Muslim nature of feminism and the role of women in Islam. The book also discusses the role of Muslim educators, many of whom founded their own masajid and madaris. The book even includes a section pertaining to women in the arts. The last chapter, "Competing Discourses," essentially sums up the book, showing the diversity of interpretations of Islam, from the most strict to the most secular.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
To Muslims: do not buy this book. You notice all the hijabis on the front cover? That's a joke and a lie. The whole book is about how women don't have to wear hijab. Read morePublished on March 23, 2014 by Greg Abdul
Very in depth look at Islam and women in America. Still reading it, but it is well written and informative.Published on December 20, 2013 by Margie
The three women Yvonne Haddad, Jane Smith, and Kathleen Moore's book on the perception of Muslim women, Muslim Women in America: The Challenge of Islamic Identity Today, is a well... Read morePublished on July 17, 2007 by Tagried Salameh
Professor Haddad, Professor Smith, and Professor Moore, professors of History of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Islamic Studies, and Law and Society, respectively, wrote... Read morePublished on July 17, 2007 by Mazin Alsulaili
In their scholarly work, Muslim Women in America, Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad, Jane I. Smith and Kathleen M. Read morePublished on July 17, 2007 by IWS Lankford
Since the moment Islam has touched the Western world there has been surmounting concern about the treatment of its women and what their roles are in society. Read morePublished on July 17, 2007 by Amanda Smith
Yvonne Haddad, Jane Smith and Kathleen Moore have put forth a body of literature, based on a survey, focusing on the different challenges and struggles Muslim women go through... Read morePublished on July 17, 2007 by Adeel Kamal
In American society today, the repercussions of the attacks of 9/11 are heard in the minds and hearts of the Muslim women in America, that face the heightening stereotypes and... Read morePublished on July 16, 2007 by Brooke L. Majeske