Muslim Women Speak challenges western stereotypes of Muslim women and their roles in family and community. Through this rich tapestry, the voices of Muslim women reveal the variety and complexity of life often covered by the veil.
Chapter One: Arabian Nights: One More Night
Chapter Two: Muslim Women in North America
Chapter Three: The Beginnings: Arab Muslim Women’s Stories
Chapter Four: Born Female–Advantages or Limitations?
Chapter Five: Religion, Cultural Traditions, and Societal Norms: The Paradox
Chapter Six: Talking Equality: Creation from One Soul
Chapter Seven: Education and Schooling Tales: A Tapestry of Shared Experiences and Aspirations
Chapter Eight: The Ideal Woman: Illusions or Realities?
Chapter Nine: A Muslim Hybrid Identity
Chapter Ten: Arab Muslim Women’s Activism
Chapter Eleven: Diversity versus Homogeneity
Chapter Twelve: Conclusion
Appendix A: Groundwork
Appendix B: Letter of Information
Appendix C: Identification Questions (Background Questions)
Appendix D: Arab Muslim Women Interview Guide
Amani Hamdan is a prize-winning scholar and popular speaker on topics relating to Muslim women's identity and education. Her current research focuses on the educational experiences of Arab Muslim women, human rights issues, and women in science. Originally from Saudi Arabia, Dr. Hamdan now lives in Ottawa where she is an adjunct professor and researcher at the University of Ottawa.
"As they reflect on transplanting their roots from the diverse Arab Muslim societies to multicultural Canada, Amani Hamdan and her interviewees explain the complexities in acquiring self-realization as autonomous citizens. Challenging Canadian stereotypes while critiquing their Arab Muslim cultural roots, these women are one step away from self-identifying with the Qur'anic gender revolution."
Nimat Hafez Barazangi, Feminist Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Cornell University; Author, Woman’s Identity and the Qur’an
"This important book is honest, compelling, and beautifully written. One dives into the lives of women who share their tensions and their joys; we understand the contexts of their lives and dreams. The author does a beautiful job of presenting the contradictions in the women's words, a signal in itself of the difficulties these women face."
Didi Khayatt, Faculty of Education, York University
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