Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak

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Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur
Beacon Press, 2005 - Literary Collections - 209 pages
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Living Islam Out Loud presents the first true generation of American Muslim women who have always identified as both American and Muslim. Without previous examples of how to be American Muslim women, these pioneers have had to forge new identities for themselves and for future generations.

Writing from diverse experiences and perspectives, the contributors include Sarah El-Tantawi, who has spoken on Muslim issues on Politically Incorrect and Hardball, and Asra Nomani, a former reporter for the Wall Street Journal. These voices, among others, speak out about the hijab (a traditional headscarf), relationships, sex and sexuality, activism, spirituality, and more.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
SALEEMAHS STORY
7
CROSSROADS
17
HOW I MET GOD
19
TO BE YOUNG GIFTED BLACK AMERICAN MUSLIM AND WOMAN
36
LOVE
51
REMEMBERING LOVE
53
MY OWN WORST ENEMY
55
HIJRA FROM HARLEM
116
THE MUSLIM IN THE MIRROR
130
BEING THE LEADER I WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD
139
AN ISLAMIC BILL OF RIGHTS FOR WOMEN IN MOSQUES
153
AN ISLAMIC BILL OF RIGHTS FOR WOMEN IN THE BEDROOM
155
SOUL JOURNEYS
157
A MEDITATION ON THE CLEARING
159
A SIREN SONG
174

MARRYING A BELIEVER
67
FINDING HOME
72
FUMBLING TOWARD ECSTASY
75
ON THE EDGE OF BELONGING
86
THE STRONGEST OF FAITH
95
A DAY IN THE LIFE
97
BLESSED DIVINE WOMAN
181
MY SON THE MYSTIC
184
MY SISTERS PRAYER
199
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
203
CONTRIBUTORS
205
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Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur was chief executive of Azizah, a magazine for Muslim women. In 2004, she was an integral part of a national movement to give women space and voice in American mosques, and in 2005 she co-organized the historic woman-led prayer in New York City. A frequent presenter on Islam and women, Abdul-Ghafur lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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