- Hardcover: 513 pages
- Publisher: Prometheus Books; First Edition edition (May 26, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591027160
- ISBN-13: 978-1591027164
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ida Lichter, MD, is a psychiatrist who lives in Sydney, Australia.
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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.
I recommend that all who recognize the probability of half the world's population being Muslim in the next 25 years read "Muslim Women Reformers: Inspiring Voices Agains Oppression" by Dr. Ida Lichter.
It is generally accepted that a positive attitudinal change is only possible and will only occur in the whole of the Muslim population if girls and women are educated. However, as this book so clearly describes, there are major political, cultural and economic issues which will have to be overcome to enable the changes required to lessen the risk of global chaos.
The book is instructive as to the severity of the problems being addressed by a few dedicated and very brave women. These remarkable women, mostly unknown in the developed societies, have suffered greatly and risked even worse punishment by a seemingly intransigent, male dominated, political and social structure.
Dr. Lichter does us all a service by so well highlighting the history and activities of those few women who are sacrificing themselves in the hope of making a positive difference. It is only through the education and empowerment of Muslim women that there is any real hope of cultural rationalization and conflict avoidance.
The unbelievably brave women profiled in this book should be recognized and supported, as they are the only hope for a civilizing of Islamic traditional practices, still widely prevalent.
Del Mar, CA
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.
These are the women who are fighting for basic rights, both political and personal, and suffer tremendously for it. I am amazed by their courage and determination at the cost of their personal lives. The saddest part probably is that these women have to fight even for basic things like custody of their children, honour killings, right to decide if they want to wear a veil and right to express their opinion; and although it is a slow process, there is definitely progress in many parts of the Muslim world.
I am in no situation to say how accurate or inaccurate the information in this books s but I have faith that the author has done enough research before writing the book. I also understand that there are exceptions everywhere. For me, this books definitely deserves a place on my shelf. I highly recommend it.