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Muslim Women Reformers: Inspiring Voices Against Oppression

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In a world where the strident demands of Islamic extremists capture the media’s attention, the courageous protests of Muslim reformers barely receive any notice. These include a surprising number of women who are prepared to challenge institutionalized persecution, risking derision, arrest, physical harm, and even death.

In this inspiring compilation of Muslim women’s stori
Hardcover, 513 pages
Published May 26th 2009 by Prometheus Books
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Violet Crush
When I first browsed through the book, all I saw was too much information. Just from the index I could tell that there were too many countries and too many reformers from each country. I thought it would be an overload and I would finish the book without knowledge about anything in particular.

But how wrong I was. After reading the book I can still say it has lot of information but everything is so nicely structured that I could go read it in sections without getting overwhelmed. It was definitel
Alyce (At Home With Books)
Before I get into how I felt about the book, let me talk a little bit about how it is organized. There is a section for each country, including countries that have Islamic law and also those with large Muslim populations. Each country's section has an introduction that summarizes the history of the oppression of women in that country, and which steps have been taken to aid women's rights. The country summary is followed by mini chapters containing biographies of the reformers from that country; ...more
If ever I needed a reminder of how lucky I am to be living in the United States, Muslim Women Reformers was that reminder. The stories of the struggles of Muslim women in countries throughout the globe are heartbreaking yet inspiring. Facing ostracism, torture and even death, these women are not afraid to stand up for their rights, to challenge the status quo and do everything to make their voices heard. It is up to the rest of us to help them in their fight.

Broken up by country, Ms. Lichter pre
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
One-sentence summary: Brief, readable profiles of nearly one hundred Muslim women reformers, representing 27 countries.

The size of the book or the scope might seem overwhelming, but this is a wholly readable, easy-to-understand piece of non-fiction that lifts up the work of Muslim women reformers around the world. Living in the US, there's a great deal of misinformation about Islam and Muslims, and while this isn't an intro to Islam, it is a fabulous book for those unfamiliar with or curious ab
Elevate Difference
Ida Lichter’s Muslim Women Reformers ambitiously highlights the work of Muslim women around the globe involving an array of interrelated issues, including lack of gender equity in education and the workplace, domestic violence, human trafficking, biased family law practices, and rape with impunity. Many of these problems stem from the socioeconomic inequality experienced globally by women of all backgrounds, and problems that transcend class and religious boundaries. In other instances, misogyni ...more
This book so far is really intriguing, empowering and very sad. So far I have read a bunch of stories by women's in Afghanistan, all those women seem to have a lot of similarity. For example, those women were born and raised in Afghanistan, and most of them come from middle class family, therefore most of them are well educated, but there is this barrier in their nation, which treats women as second class citizen. Throughtout the Afghanistan chapters, althought these women are educated and could ...more
Kelly Hager
Each chapter centers around a different country. It provides a small sketch of what life is like for Muslim women there and then proceeds to give short biographies of women who are trying to make things better.

I minored in gender studies and sociology, so I love reading books like these. Except I DON'T, because it just makes me furious that women are treated this way. In Afghanistan, for example, know how old you have to be to get married? Once you get your first period, you're declared suitable
This book is a collection of thumbnail sketches of female Muslim reformers from predominantly Muslim countries as well as countries with sizable Muslim populations. From Afghanistan to Yemen, the countries run the gamut from those with truly horrific conditions for women (Afghanistan, Somalia) to those that are somewhat enlightened (Turkey, Tunisia.)Also included are a few male reformers who have championed women's rights in Muslim countries.

Muslim Women Reformers profiles over 125 women. Perha
Imagine a life where, as a woman, you cannot leave the house without accompaniment by a male relative, or where you can be bartered off as payment for a family debt. Where the length of the stick your husband can beat you with is prescribed by law, or in the case that you are raped, you may well be stoned to death. These and many more startling things happen to women every day in Muslim countries around the world. In this eye opening non-fiction compilation, Ida Lichter has brought to us the voi ...more
Opened my eyes to the sad, ongoing, sometimes horrific struggles of Muslim women around the world. Lichter researches very thoroughly the biographies of brave Muslim women activists worldwide struggling for justice, human rights, education, and healthcare for their female compatriots. There are literally hundreds of such women, many of whose lives are threatened, with different challenges unique to their communities. Lichter's voluminous work is impressive. She includes, without discrimination, ...more
This was a powerful and inspiring book that really opened my eyes to the horrors as well as the triumphs of women's rights in Muslim countries and other areas. I was very ignorant (and probably still am) on the kinds of things considered acceptable to some Muslim believers (not all, obviously) and the daring and brave women who try to change this. Definitely something to read to wake you up to the kinds of things happening in the world. It isn't so much a book that you'd want to sit and read cov ...more
This is the first survey I have come across on such an interesting and important subject. The women reformers are remarkably articulate and intelligent, and a welcome change from the conventional image of the submissive Muslim woman.
I was interested to learn how diverse they are in attitudes to secularism versus sharia law and how the majority would like to see reforms within Islam rather than abandonment of Islam. Some of the women who now live in the west also make good guides for trends in i
Short biographies, organized by country, of 125 Muslim women who are trying to bring about better conditions for women, often at great personal risk. Some wish to bring about reforms through Islam, others have rejected Islam as too anti-female. About a dozen men who support ending abuses toward women are also featured, as are several organizations, for example national and international efforts to stop honor killing. The women are inspiring even though the situations they face are often depressi ...more
It took me over a year to wade through this book. I learned a lot about the oppression of women in Islamic countries and in the Islamic culture. I think I could have learned just as much, however, from a less encyclopedic and more narrative approach. That's the book I would have loved to read!
A must read for those who erronously believe that Islam is peaceful. One contributer said, "It's time to take the Slam out of Islam."
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