Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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244 pages
6 x 9 inches
April 2009
Print ISBN: 9780889614680


  • Winner of the 2011 Canadian Women's Studies Association Award for Outstanding Scholarship
  • Overview

    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.


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    Table of Contents

    Prologue
    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
    Epilogue
    Appendix A: Groundwork
    Appendix B: Letter of Information
    Appendix C: Identification Questions (Background Questions)
    Appendix D: Arab Muslim Women Interview Guide

    Amani Hamdan

    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.


    Reviews

    "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."

    "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."

    "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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