a virtual book event
January 13-20, 2010
stories by and about women
SAVE the DATE for this virtual book event coming next month.
One of the guest authors for the event is Ida Lichter who has written...
Inspiring Voices Against Oppression
Description from the amazon:
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 stories from around the world, the voices of these long-oppressed women ring loud and clear as they question ideology and culture, patriarchal and religious beliefs, and demand the social and political rights women lack in many Muslim countries. The reformers speak out with passion, humanity, and sometimes humor in these compact and often poignant biographies, bringing alive the harsh realities for women in many parts of the world.
By surveying a wide range of Muslim reformers, not only in the Middle East but also in Europe and North America, author Ida Lichter uncovers some significant emerging trends. For example, she notes that the majority of Muslim feminists would like to see reform contained within Islam. Many criticize their patriarchal culture for suppressing egalitarian views that they believe the Koran expresses and so they advocate a reinterpretation of the holy text. Some demand changes to discriminatory Sharia-based laws. Others campaign openly for political and educational reforms.
Complete with a glossary and a list of helpful Web sites, this vibrant anthology makes use of reliable translations from original languages to demonstrate the groundswell of grassroots change that promises eventually to bring even the most conservative sectors of Islam into the twenty-first century.
Open to all.
Offer ends: January 30, 2011
Ever wonder about the women in this world?
1. Ask author, Ida, a question in regards to her book or Muslim women in comments along with your email in comments.
2. Come back during the Women's Tales event next month to read Ida's response.
--- questions are closed ---
RESPONSES are here.
INSTEAD, tell me something of interest you learned from Ida's blog entries on the Huffington Post.
Contest has ended - winner is here
* if you are a blogger and would like a review this book, get your copy here
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