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About the Author

Maria M. Ebrahimji, M.A.
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.
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Product Details

  • Series: I SPEAK FOR MYSELF (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: White Cloud Press (May 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935952005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935952008
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I Speak for Myself" has arrived at the absolute perfect time for our society. I could not put it down. The stories that the Muslim-American women in this book have shared are heartwarming, eye-opening and at times, riveting. Each woman writes about their very personal reality and everyone reading will find someone to identify with.

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.
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Muslim women are often portrayed and depicted as silent slaves, unable to speak for themselves, and at the mercy of a male custodianship. This book debunks that Myth, as the voices of intelligent Muslim women, from diverse backgrounds illuminate. What's strikingly pleasant about this book is the diverse range of Muslim women, from those with a head-covering, and those without. It truly represents the Muslim community as it is -- diverse and full of intelligent women, not afraid to speak their mind.

Splendid book.
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Very well written and pleasant to read.

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.
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I found this book by "cruising the internet" and selected it as our THIRD book for study in our church ladies' group, Disciples Women's Ministry, (First Christian Church) for the coming year. It follows our reading The Faith Club and Half the Sky, and brings us full circle in our program "learning for understanding". Our ladies are retired professionals for the most part, average age is about 75, and they still love to learn and participate.

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.
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This is not a book I would ordinarily choose to read. However, it has enlightened my thoughts on Muslims. I did not know much about Muslims - but now I want to learn more. The stories from each woman is different, but yet they are all the same.
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This is a good book in that it shares the stories of various women and their identity as Muslim, but the personal narratives are short and do not really go into depth with each person. If this book is used for class, there might be a need to redirect the students on making a purpose for reading the short narratives, otherwise it's more so just stories of persons daily lives who happen to be Muslim.

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.
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So often in Western societies, everyone tries to speak for Muslim women. People may think we are helpless or forced to wear certain things and behave in certain ways. So many people have spoken "for us". But we don't need that. We can speak for ourselves and we are a diverse group of women, too. A must read.
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A book that is very personal; about pragmatically living while retaining one's core values; about leadership - yes, leadership; profoundly spiritual and yes, profoundly American! The challenge the book lays out for the diverse American Muslim communities is to address issues raised and to improve existing support systems so that we [women and men] can all achieve our God given potential. The challenge the book lays out for all Americans is how we individually and collectively can address the gaps identified between our stated values about diversity and pluralism and the lived reality described in this book.I Speak for Myself: American Women on Being Muslim
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