Thursday, December 2, 2010

Women's Tales in January

Women's Tales
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...

Muslim Women Reformers:
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.

--/=/=-- Book Giveaway courtesy of Online Publicist --=\=\=-

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



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  1. This book does sound very informative and something I would be interested in reading.

    What was the catalyst for writing Muslim Women Reformers?
    How many years did it take to research and write this book?
    Did you speak to muslim men at all?
    What changes do you want to see and what is the possibility of it happening (in your opinion)?
    Do you remain objective as an author in the book?

    You can pick one question if you want.


  2. Ida, Have you ever read the Qu'ran? Was it part of your research for writing this novel?

    My thinking is if you really want to be an impartial writer, you need to see all sides. Hence why I ask the question.

    This sounds like a terrific book that I would eat right up.

  3. Oh, this looks fantastic! I can't wait. Another awesome theme.

    I haven't read this book but would be curious to hear Ms Lichter's thoughts on legislation meant to support 'liberation' of Islamic women and how Muslim reformers work with/against it. For example, France's decision to ban the wearing headscarves or the legislation in Oklahoma banned sharia law. Are these efforts helpful ever?

  4. Er, typed too quickly. My second to last sentence should read "...or the legislation in Oklahoma that banned..."

  5. What is the thing with the Crime of honour?

    raluk.93 at gmail(dot)com

  6. What a beautiful and timely book! And my Q would be: are Muslim men (as a whole) themselves becoming more liberal in their thinking/attitudes/treatment regarding women?

  7. Did you notice an age descrepancy in the age of woman that want reform? For example, numbers of older woman vs. younger.

  8. What is your view of Marjane Satrapi's "Persepolis"?

    agcestrela {AT} gmail {DOT} com

  9. If during your life time Muslim women could reconquer only one their rights, which would be more crucial?


  10. I will do the same question I did to Xu Xi:

    Do you feel it is more difficult for you to reach all of your potential readers for being a woman writer?

    goncalo (dot) mil (at) gmail (dot) com

  11. What makes you a writer that appeals to readers worldwide and not only to a small group of people?

  12. This sounds very interesting! I had a chance to learn a little bit about muslim culture in a medieval history class in college but needless to say, I'm a bit outdated.

    Anyway, my questions is why did you choose to write about this topic? Where did the idea come from?

  13. What do you hope will be your greatest achievement with this book?

    joanapatriciadias [_at_]

  14. What is your greatest strength as a writer?

    educhico AT gmail DOT com

  15. In order to truly understand the Muslim societies, what books do you recommend?


  16. A friend told me that a woman's status in the Muslim society is lower than a man and her every move is highly restricted. Is that true? If yes, why is that so?

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  17. What makes you really interested in doing research and writing the book? Any particular reason?

    darlyn225 at gmail dot com

  18. After reading a couple of books by Lisa
    See, I found I now like to read this type of book. It really opens you eye as to other cultures.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com


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