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Take, for instance, Barakzai from Afghanistan who successfully campaigned for a seat in Parliament. Or Yanar Mohammed who cofounded the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq and has contributed to speaking up for women's rights and equality. Rania Al-Baz in Saudi Arabia worked to bring national attention to battered Saudi women after her own husband beat her unconscious following an argument. Each of the stories contained in this book provide insight into a better understanding of their world.
I loved this authentic and scholarly book. Each struggle captivated, intrigued, horrified, amazed and ultimately gave me a sense of hope for equal rights for all women. Dr. Lichter humanized their struggles with frankness and dignity. This is a must read for everyone who is interested in human rights, particularly those women who risked their own lives to speak out for freedom, justice and equality.
But how wrong I was. After reading the book I can still say it has lot of information but everything is so nicely structured that I could go read it in sections without getting overwhelmed. It was definitely not an overload and I could tell how important it was to include as many reformers as possible. I would feel bad if even a single among them was excluded and I feel there was still room for more.
Every countries section begins with a brief but concise history of the reformation with how the countries past and present has affected the position of the women for better or for worse. Under each country we have the information on different women reformers and the work they have done and are still doing for the betterment of women. It also lists the awards won and books written if any and the various organizations that are working towards a single goal-the betterment of women.
I found Muslim Women Reformers an awesome resource on the work done by women from different Muslim countries. Although every country has it's own laws, one thing remains common-the exploitation of Muslim women in the name of Islam. The problem is combining religion and politics and hence the misinterpretation of religion to achieve the political goals. Since most of these politicians are men, they use Islam as a way to keep women out from what they consider their territory. But women are learning to interpret Islam the correct way which is helping in fighting with these fundamentalists.Read more ›
As an American Feminist who used to live in Saudi Arabia I can say without a doubt that the country's treatment of women is deplorable. That the religious police have way to much power and the separation and restrictions placed on women can be downright soul crushing at times. I fully believe this country and many others need change and that there are women and men working to make this happen.
However as a former resident of Saudi I also spotted the exaggerations and inaccuracies in this book. Starting with the declaration that all women are required to wear Niqab, this is simply not true. As an American I wore conservative loose clothing and occasionally an abbaya but I was not required to cover either my hair or face. Some Saudi women wore niqab, some covered even their eyes others were bare faced (though their hair was covered). Also the claims that women are relegated to poorer quality eating areas is also false. Women and families (this included young men and men married to the adult women with them) were required to sit in the "family" section, while single adult men were required to sit in the "mens" section. The family sections were significantly nicer than the "men's" section. I know because I peeked.
I recognize that the conditions described may be true in some areas of the country but they certainly are not universal or really even that common (I've been to several parts of the country and have friends in many others).Read more ›
The book covers the mid-Eastern countries that the reader would expect, but also covers Muslim women's rights and struggles in African countries as well as countries such as the United States and Canada. The range of issues is wide. Women are often considered legally half the worth of a man. Honor killings are tolerated in some countries. Education is a major issue in all the countries, as the reformers realise that without an educated female population, it is unlikely that reform will occur. Female circumsion is very common in some Muslim countries, less so in others. In some countries, focus has been concentrated on items as seemingly prosaic as a woman's right to drive a car. While this is a commonplace right in Western societies, it is not as accepted in many countries. There are issues with driving uncovered; taking a driver's license picture, and the ability to travel without male supervision.
The women who have been highlighted are heroes. They have given up employment, been imprisoned, forced to live in secretcy, and even tortued. Yet, they continue the fight, and slowly, slowly they are making changes. Some are adamently opposed to Islam. Others are devout Muslims who believe that the religion has been misinterpreted by male clerics.Read more ›
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Imagine a life where, as a woman, you cannot leave the house without accompaniment by a male relative, or where you can be bartered off as payment for a family debt. Read morePublished on March 14, 2011 by zibilee
Books about women worldwide who make the world a better place are necessary and welcome. This one, however, suffers from oversimplification, bias, and notable omissions. Read morePublished on February 8, 2010 by Jennifer Heath
Muslim Women Reformers: Inspiring Voices Against Oppression
I recommend that all who recognize the probability of half the world's population being Muslim in the next 25... Read more
This book opened my eyes to the sad, ongoing, sometimes painful struggles of Muslim women around the world against distorted teachings. Read morePublished on October 20, 2009 by Sukayna