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Windows into Islam 5

Windows into Islam 5

The series of 6 blogs, “Windows into Islam”, are a compilation from many of my other writings and speaking on women who live under Islam, and the result of conversations…

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Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam

Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam

  Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam, by Asra Q. Nomani. Harper One 2006. Reviewed by Moyra Dale   This is not a new book:…

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Women Who Risk

Women Who Risk

Women Who Risk By Tom and JoAnn Doyle, with Greg Webster W Publishing Group (Thomas Nelson) 2021 Reviewed by Moyra Dale   This book tells the stories of eight Middle…

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Hagar Poems

Hagar Poems

Title: Hagar Poems By: Mohja Kahf Published: University of Arkansas Press, 2016 Reviewed by Miriam Dale One of the things that makes poetry magical is the words that are left…

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Guest House for Young Widows. Among the women of ISIS.

Guest House for Young Widows. Among the women of ISIS.

Guest House for Young Widows. Among the women of ISIS. By Azadeh Moaveni Published by Scribe Publications 2019 Reviewed by Moyra Dale   This book is an engaging, if troubling,…

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Beyond Veiled Clichés: the real lives of Arab women

Beyond Veiled Clichés: the real lives of Arab women

Title:               Beyond Veiled Clichés: the real lives of Arab women Author:           Amal Awad Publisher:     Vintage Books, 2017 Reviewer:     Louise Simon Clichés and stereotypes about Arab women…

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Grieving with those who grieve

Grieving with those who grieve

In the hours and days after the horror in Christchurch, I contacted several Muslim friends here in Sydney. I wanted to know how they were feeling and I wanted them…

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Pious Fashion: how Muslim women dress

Pious Fashion: how Muslim women dress

Title:               Pious Fashion: how Muslim women dress Author:           Elizabeth Bucar Publisher:     Harvard University, 2017 Reviewer:      Louise Simon   Pious Fashion: how Muslim women dress is an…

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Veils: Covering and Conversations

Veils: Covering and Conversations

One of the most confusing experiences I had as a teacher in universities in Southeast Asia was seeing some of my female students change their regular pattern of veiling or…

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Fighting Hislam: Women, Faith and Sexism

Fighting Hislam: Women, Faith and Sexism

Author:           Susan Carland Publisher:     Melbourne University Press, 2017 Reviewer:     Louise Simon Fighting Hislam is, at the beginning, highly engaging. Carland’s description of her internal responses as she…

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