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Many people have long held the erroneous notion that men are better than women. In Men & Women, Hamza Yusuf makes clear the positions and roles of men and women in society according to the Quran and Sunnah and sheds much-needed light on several often misunderstood Quranic verses and hadiths concerning the relationship between the two. His eye-opening discussion of issues such as the hijab, marital rights, and domestic violence, will prove invaluable for all listeners, particularly couples who want to improve understanding in their marriages and individuals who want to be reassured of Islams honor of women.Learn More
Living Islam Out Loud presents the first generation of American Muslim women who have always identified as both American and Muslim. These pioneers have forged new identities for themselves and for future generations, and they speak out about the hijab, relationships, sex and sexuality, activism, spirituality, and much more.
Contributors: Su'ad Abdul-Khabeer, Sham-e-Ali al-Jamil, Samina Ali, Sarah Eltantawi, Yousra Y. Fazili, Suheir Hammad, Mohja Kahf, Precious Rasheeda Muhammad, Asra Q. Nomani, Manal Omar, Khalida Saed, Asia Sharif-Clark, Khadijah Sharif-Drinkard, Aroosha Zoq Rana, Inas Younis
Review By: Leila Ahmed, Harvard Divinity School - September 1, 2005 "These are precisely the kinds of women whose voices we need to hear."
Review By: Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues - September 1, 2005"From the Islamic Bill's of Rights for Women in Mosques and in the Bedroom to the call for the Divine Feminine in Islam, this book reveals the diverse, complex, ambiguous, brilliant voices of women who are at once American and Muslim."
Review By: Imam Rauf, author of What's Right with Islam - September 1, 2005"This anthology presents the best of the new generation of American Muslim women."
Review By: Candice Levy, Girlfriends - November 1, 2005 "A rich mosaic of experiences from passionate women that challenge us to redefine our understanding of Islam in general, and American Muslim women in particular. Grade: A"
Question and Answer is an effective method of teaching. It has been recognized since long ago, and even the Prophet Muhammad (SWT) had adopted it to teach his Companions. This book contains Questions and Answers mainly on matters concerning Women in Islam.Learn More
This book is about the life stories of the Mothers of the Believers and 16 other Sahabyat who had been given the good news of the paradise in this world by Prophet Muhammad (S). There are good examples in the lifestyle of the Mothers of the believers and women Companions especially for the Muslim women. It is necessary for all of us to study the Seerah of these noble and fortunate women. Besides the Mothers of the believers, the compiler of the book has included the description of those sixteen women who had been given the good News of the Paradise in this world by the Prophet Muhammad (S). Although the original book is in the Urdu language but the efforts of the translator had made it more beneficial for the readers.Learn More
Early Sufi Women
Abu ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Sulami
A bilingual critical edition of as-Sulami's Dhikr an-Niswa al-Muta 'abbitdat as-Sufiyyat
Translated and annotated by
Rkia Elaroui Cornell, Duke University
Early Sufi Women is the earliest known work in Islam devoted entirely to women's spirituality. Written by the Persian Sufi Abu 'Abd ar-Rahman as-Sulami (d. 1021), this long-lost work provides portraits of eighty Sufi women who lived in the central Islamic lands between the eighth and eleventh centuries C. E. As spiritual masters and exemplars of Islamic piety, they served as respected teachers and guides in the same way as did Muslim men, often surpassing men in their understanding of Sufi doctrine, the Qur'an, and Islamic spirituality. Whether they were scholars, poets, founders of Sufi schools, or individual mystics and ascetics, they embodied a wisdom that could not be hidden.
This important addition to the growing body of literature examining the historical presence of women in Islam is the first translation into English of a rare study of eighty-two Sufi women by the tenth-century Iranian scholar as-Sulami. The author was known primarily for his studies on Sufi chivalry and the malamitiyya (the Sufi order following "the way of blame," of which his father was a member), as well as a biographical compendium of the lives of one hundred Sufi men. Originally believed to be an appendix to that work, these brief life-stories of Sufi women are now thought to form an independent work, one which scholars long feared lost--with only references in other sources--until a manuscript was found in a university library in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 1991. An Arabic edition was published in 1993. This edition contains the original Arabic as well as Rkia Elaroui Cornell's translation, along with her extensive footnotes and introduction, which put the work into the context of as-Sulami's life and times and Sufism in general. Cornell has included as an appendix her translation of a similar study of Sufi women, written some two hundred years later by Ibn al-Jawzi.
This book will be welcomed by all scholars working on the early history of Islam, especially those interested in gender issues. Not only does it provide a careful translation of one of the earliest collections of anecdotes about saintly women, it also provides an historical analysis of the role of women in Sulami's time and copious footnotes filled with information on the early personalities and technical discussions of Sufism.
“Muslim women’s dress style has been recently politicized by certain quarters and given an interpretation that is out of step with the real intentions of women who choose to follow religious guidelines in the way they dress,” according to Dr. Louay Safi, Director of Publications at IIIT. One of the latest IIIT publications, Rethinking Muslim Women and the Veil, explores the question of Muslim women’s veil by approaching the issue from a new angle. “IIIT chose to publish this book,” says Dr. Safi, “because it deals with a very volatile issue that has recently received a great deal of attention.”
The author, Katherine Bullock is a Canadian Muslim, who holds a Ph.D in political science and has focused on this question during her graduate studies. Her book looks into the socio-cultural dimension of Muslim women’s dress code and analyzes some of the factors that transformed women dress style into a political issue. “The book brings new insights and provides a refreshing understanding of modesty in Islam,” says Dr. Safi.
Dr. Safi feels that Katherine Bullock’s book should attract scholars, students of Islam and the Middle East, journalists and inquiring minds who are interested in obtaining a better understanding of Islam and Muslims.
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