We don’t actively support Internet Explorer
It appears that you are using Internet Explorer, which has been discontinued by Microsoft. Support has ended for versions older than 11, and as a result you may face security issues and other problems when using it.
We recommend upgrading to a newer browser such as Firefox, Google Chrome, or Edge for a much better experience across the web.
While this site may work with Explorer, we are not testing and verifying it, so you may run into some trouble or strange looking things.
Muslim Women Speak
A Tapestry of Lives and Dreams
By Amani Hamdan
- Winner of the 2011 Canadian Women's Studies Association Award for Outstanding Scholarship
Muslim Women Speak challenges western stereotypes of Muslim women and their roles in family and community. Through this rich tapestry, the voices of Muslim women reveal the variety and complexity of life often covered by the veil.
Table of Contents
Chapter One: Arabian Nights: One More Night
Chapter Two: Muslim Women in North America
Chapter Three: The Beginnings: Arab Muslim Women's Stories
Chapter Four: Born Female--Advantages or Limitations?
Chapter Five: Religion, Cultural Traditions, and Societal Norms: The Paradox
Chapter Six: Talking Equality: Creation from One Soul
Chapter Seven: Education and Schooling Tales: A Tapestry of Shared Experiences and Aspirations
Chapter Eight: The Ideal Woman: Illusions or Realities?
Chapter Nine: A Muslim Hybrid Identity
Chapter Ten: Arab Muslim Women's Activism
Chapter Eleven: Diversity versus Homogeneity
Chapter Twelve: Conclusion
Appendix A: Groundwork
Appendix B: Letter of Information
Appendix C: Identification Questions (Background Questions)
Appendix D: Arab Muslim Women Interview Guide
"As they reflect on transplanting their roots from the diverse Arab Muslim societies to multicultural Canada, Amani Hamdan and her interviewees explain the complexities in acquiring self-realization as autonomous citizens. Challenging Canadian stereotypes while critiquing their Arab Muslim cultural roots, these women are one step away from self-identifying with the Qur'anic gender revolution."Nimat Hafez Barazangi, Feminist Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Cornell University; Author, Woman's Identity and the Qur'an
"This important book is honest, compelling, and beautifully written. One dives into the lives of women who share their tensions and their joys; we understand the contexts of their lives and dreams. The author does a beautiful job of presenting the contradictions in the women's words, a signal in itself of the difficulties these women face."Didi Khayatt, Faculty of Education, York University
"This important book is honest, compelling, and beautifully written. One dives into the lives of women who share their tensions and their joys; we understand the contexts of their lives and dreams. The author does a beautiful job of presenting the contradictions in the women's words, a signal in itself of the difficulties these women face."— Didi Khayatt, Faculty of Education, York University
General Student Resource - Download