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Three and a half million Muslim women are making lives in America, balancing the claims of divergent cultures. The Face Behind the Veil, penned by award-winning Miami Herald journalist Donna Gehrke-White, offers a human view of heroic Americans we seldom see.
In the aftermath of 9/11, profound interest in humanizing the face of American Islam has risen remarkably. Nowhere is this more evident than in the confluence of religion and women's studies, where the voices of American Muslims have been mined as a means to get at that authentically ambiguous entity, the modern woman behind the veil. Journalist Gehrke-White's work follows equally enlightening efforts such as last year's Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak and Shattering the Stereotypes: Muslim Women Speak Out. Gehrke-White rarely interjects herself into the narrative, but instead offers a brief introduction before presenting 50 oral narratives organized around categories like "The New Traditionalists," "The Converts," "The Persecuted," "The Changers," and "The Blenders." Closer to reportage than narrative, this book is weakened only by the lack of a conclusion or final synthesis. Included, however, are 16 pages of color photographs. In their diversity, forthrightness, and honesty, the voices of these women ultimately sound more American than anything else-and therein lies the strength of this book. Recommended where interest warrants.-Sandra Collins, Duquesne Univ. Lib., Pittsburgh Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
What People Are Saying
"An eye opener! Take and read.''
Rev. Professor, Temple University (emeritus)
"Compelling, edifying and uplifting."
Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Spirituality, Florida International University
Asma Gull Hasan
"Proud, defiant, brave, these are the Muslim women of America. Hear them roar!"
author of Why I Am a Muslim
Lisa R. Delman
"A must read for women who recognize the heart-to-heart connection among all of us."
Author of Dear Mom, I’ve Always Wanted You to Know. . . Daughters Share Letters from the Heart
Sayyid M. Syeed
"Superb . . . This is a book that we have been waiting for."
Secretary General, Islamic Society of North America
"A detailed look into the diverse lives of American Muslim women. . . a welcome study of a misunderstood and often misrepresented segment of our society."
National Communications Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations
"A rare, revealing look into the hearts, minds, and everyday lives of Muslim women in America . . . an insightful chronicle of identity and faith."
executive director of the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women
"Sheds light on the lives of Muslim women by way of more than four dozen well-crafted profiles, cutting across cultures and lifestyles."
"The book is a must read for anyone interested in getting to know American Muslims. I will be assigning it to students in my Women in Islam class."
Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies, Florida International University