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I Speak for Myself: American Women on Being Muslim Paperback – May 17, 2011
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About the Author
As the Director of Network Booking and Executive Editorial Producer for CNN, Maria Ebrahimji manages a team that is responsible for guest coverage and story planning for all of the network’s special events and breaking news programming. She is a member of the South Asian Journalists Association, the Southern Center for International Studies, and serves on the board of the Emory Development Institute. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Zahra T. Suratwala, M.A.
Zahra Suratwala is President/CEO of Zahra Ink, Incorporated, a marketing on a consulting firm that works with a variety of small businesses. She obtained her Masters of Arts degree in English Literature from Loyola University Chicago. Her international perspectives and ability to negotiate her identity as a Muslim American woman comes from have lived live in Bangkok, Thailand and Cairo, Egypt after growing up in the American heartland. She lives today in Chicago, Illinois.
Top Customer Reviews
Above all, "I Speak for Myself" reinforces the fact that, at our very cores, we are all citizens of humanity. I highly recommend this book not only for leisure reading, but as a supplement in the classroom. Choose it for a book club selection. The more copies of "I Speak for Myself" that find their way into the hands of Americans, the sooner we will be on our way to true diversity, in both our hearts and minds.
The book was eye-opening for me. I realized there is so much more diversity within the Muslim American community than I had realized. Also, reading the book gave me pause and forced me to reexamine my own identity and preconceptions.
Thoughtful and excellent read.
I Speak For Myself will make you chuckle, will make you laugh, and you might sometimes feel a little sad. You will not be offended and there is no violence (important to us as we finish Half the Sky). It made me think and have new awarenesses as I just read it for the fourth time in preparing for our studies.
There certainly are a few good ones in which they talk about their choices, their family, and how they identify, but that is only a few of the stories; whereas the others become somewhat mundane.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I knew little about Muslim life before reading this book. It explains a lot and it shows how uninformed we are in an entertainment way. Their stories are all Inspiring!Published on February 27, 2014 by LauGA
I was hoping for a bit more of a dialogue-type of stance. Found the tone defensive at times, and some of the information misleading with respect to relationships to non-Islamic... Read morePublished on June 21, 2013 by Nehamashira
I really enjoyed reading all these ladies' stories. Many Americans have never met a Muslim and only have the image of Muslims presented by the news media and movies. Read morePublished on May 26, 2013 by Reba Roxi
This was a wonderful collection of essays by different Muslim-American women, and touched on a lot of different topics, from the veil to arranged marriage, to leaving the religion,... Read morePublished on April 24, 2013 by Cultural Groupie
I read this book for my Women and Religion class. I am glad it was assigned. It was a quick and pleasant read. I enjoyed the writings from multiple authors as opposed to one. Read morePublished on April 21, 2013 by Liss T.
I love this book. In my interest in Islam was reaffirmed after I reading this book. It gave me a great idea of how Muslim women from different cultures live. Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by Jalilah
I included this book as a primary source in the required texts for my course on women in Islam. After a thorough reading of scholarly secondary texts, we read this book and Love... Read morePublished on December 18, 2012 by A. Musa