In the eyes of many Westerners, Muslim women are hidden behind a veil of negative stereotypes that portray them as either oppressed, subservient wives and daughters or, more recently, as potential terrorists. Yet many Muslim women defy these stereotypes by taking active roles in their families and communities and working to create a more just society. This book introduces eighteen Muslim women activists from the United States and Canada who have worked in fields from social services, to marital counseling, to political advocacy in order to further social justice within the Muslim community and in the greater North American society.
Each of the activists has written an autobiographical narrative in which she discusses such issues as her personal motivation for doing activism work, her views on the relationship between Islam and women's activism, and the challenges she has faced and overcome, such as patriarchal cultural barriers within the Muslim community or racism and discrimination within the larger society. The women activists are a heterogeneous group, including North American converts to Islam, Muslim immigrants to the United States and Canada, and the daughters of immigrants. Young women at the beginning of their activist lives as well as older women who have achieved regional or national prominence are included. Katherine Bullock's introduction highlights the contributions to society that Muslim women have made since the time of the Prophet Muhammad and sounds a call for contemporary Muslim women to become equal partners in creating and maintaining a just society within and beyond the Muslim community.
Katherine Bullock is Executive Director of Education, Media, and Community Outreach for the Islamic Society of North America-Canada. She also serves as a part-time lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto.
Introduction (Katherine Bullock)
Chapter One. Silent Revolution of a Muslim Arab American Scholar-Activist (Nimat Hafez Barazangi)
Chapter Two. Allah Doesn't Change the Condition of People until They Change Themselves (Ekram Beshir)
Chapter Three. War Zones: Anecdotes (Mariam Bhabha)
Chapter Four. Activism as a Way of Life (Katherine Bullock)
Chapter Five. My Life Journey (Muniza Farooqi )
Chapter Six. Rawahil (Khadija Haffajee)
Chapter Seven. Rocking the Boat and Stirring the Pot (Rose Hamid)
Chapter Eight. Struggling with Words, Striving through Words: My Odyssey in Activism (Gul Joya Jafri)
Chapter Nine. Working to Help All the World's Children (Laila Al Marayati)
Chapter Ten. Building a Community for the Next Generation (Olivia Monem)
Chapter Eleven. In Pursuit of Peace and Justice (Nadira Mustapha)
Chapter Twelve. Activism: A Passion for Justice (Samadah Raquibah Amatul Nur)
Chapter Thirteen. Activism: A Part of Life (Mona Rahman)
Chapter Fourteen. Life of a Muslim Woman Activist (Margaret Sabir-Gillette)
Chapter Fifteen. Muslim Activist: Mother and Educator (Freda Shamma)
Chapter Sixteen. Taking the Bus to the World of Islamic Activism (Samana Siddiqui)
Chapter Seventeen. Is the Reward for Good Other than Good? (Shahina Siddiqui)
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