Muslim Women Activists in North America: Speaking for Ourselves

Paperback | September 1, 2005

EditorKatherine Bullock

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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.

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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 mo...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:237 pages, 8.94 × 6.01 × 0.68 inPublished:September 1, 2005Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292706669

ISBN - 13:9780292706668

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroduction Katherine BullockChapter One. Silent Revolution of a Muslim Arab American Scholar-Activist Nimat Hafez BarazangiChapter Two. Allah Doesn't Change the Condition of People until They Change Themselves Ekram BeshirChapter Three. War Zones: Anecdotes Mariam BhabhaChapter Four. Activism as a Way of Life Katherine BullockChapter Five. My Life Journey Muniza Farooqi Chapter Six. Rawahil Khadija HaffajeeChapter Seven. Rocking the Boat and Stirring the Pot Rose HamidChapter Eight. Struggling with Words, Striving through Words: My Odyssey in Activism Gul Joya JafriChapter Nine. Working to Help All the World's Children Laila Al MarayatiChapter Ten. Building a Community for the Next Generation Olivia MonemChapter Eleven. In Pursuit of Peace and Justice Nadira MustaphaChapter Twelve. Activism: A Passion for Justice Samadah Raquibah Amatul NurChapter Thirteen. Activism: A Part of Life Mona RahmanChapter Fourteen. Life of a Muslim Woman Activist Margaret Sabir-GilletteChapter Fifteen. Muslim Activist: Mother and Educator Freda ShammaChapter Sixteen. Taking the Bus to the World of Islamic Activism Samana SiddiquiChapter Seventeen. Is the Reward for Good Other than Good? Shahina SiddiquiChapter Eighteen. Undoing Internalized Inferiority Tayyibah TaylorGlossaryBibliographyAbout the Contributors