By Juliane Hammer
Following the occasions of September eleven, 2001, American Muslims discovered themselves lower than remarkable scrutiny. Muslim groups within the usa suffered from damaging representations in their faith, yet in addition they skilled elevated curiosity in features in their religion and cultures. They seized the chance to form the highbrow contribution of yankee Muslims to modern Muslim concept as by no means earlier than. Muslim girls in particular—often assumed to be silenced, oppressed contributors in their personal communities—challenged stereotypes via their writing, looking to exhibit what it potential to be a Muslim girl in the United States and accomplishing intra-Muslim debates approximately gender roles and women’s participation in society. Hammer seems to be on the paintings of important woman American Muslim writers, students, and activists, utilizing their writings as a lens for a bigger dialogue of Muslim highbrow construction in the United States and beyond.
Centered at the debatable women-led Friday prayer in March 2005, Hammer makes use of this occasion and its aftermath to deal with issues of religion, group, and public opinion. Tracing the writings of yankee Muslim girls when you consider that 1990, the writer covers an intensive record of authors, together with Amina Wadud, Leila Ahmed, Asma Barlas, Riffat Hassan, Mohja Kahf, Azizah al-Hibri, Asra Normani, and Asma Gull Hasan. Hammer deftly examines every one author’s writings, demonstrating that the debates that problem American Muslim girls are on the middle of contemporary Muslim debates world wide. whereas gender is the catalyst for Hammer’s examine, her exam of those women’s highbrow output touches on subject matters primary to modern Islam: authority, culture, Islamic legislations, justice, and authenticity.
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American Muslim Women, Religious Authority, and Activism: More Than a Prayer (Louann Atkins Temple Women & Culture) by Juliane Hammer