Women and Islam

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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Getting God’s Ear

Getting God’s Ear

Title: Getting God's Ear : Women, Islam, and Healing in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Author: Eleanor Abdella Doumato Publisher: Columbia University Press, New York, 2000. Reviewed: Jo Bloggs Whilst…

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Community Rituals

Community Rituals

It was about 1pm, the time for Friday prayer, on Friday 18th March, 2005. The Muslim community lined up in orderly rows, following the leader in standing, bowing, prostrating, as…

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Life Transitions & Rites of Passage

Life Transitions & Rites of Passage

The room was full of women, with men also joining in on the edge of all the activity. In the centre the new baby, just a week old, was carefully…

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The Hidden Half

The Hidden Half

The Hidden Half By Stuart Robinson CHI-Books 2017 Reviewed by Moyra Dale Stuart Robinson states that he spent fourteen years in South Asia and since then has continued to travel…

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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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Threading My Prayer Rug

Threading My Prayer Rug

Title: Threading My Prayer Rug: One Woman's Journey from Pakistan Muslim to American Muslim Author: Sabeeha Reman Publisher: Arcade Publishing NY 2016. Reviewer: M.Lim “Threading my Prayer Rug” is a…

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Maryam, Ruth & Esther: Naming sections of the Qur’an & Bible

Maryam, Ruth & Esther: Naming sections of the Qur’an & Bible

The last blog post offered an overview of women mentioned in the Qur’an and in the Bible. In this blog we focus more on the three women who give their…

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Women in the Qur’an and the Bible

Women in the Qur’an and the Bible

As Muslim and Christian women, who are the women we find present in our sacred texts as we read them? The Qur’an makes reference to a number of women also…

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The Making of a Salafi Muslim Woman: Paths to Conversion

The Making of a Salafi Muslim Woman: Paths to Conversion

Title: The Making of a Salafi Muslim Woman: Paths to Conversion Author: Anabel Inge Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2017 Reviewer: C. Hine Anabel Inge has spent a long period of…

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