Shattering the Stereotypes: Muslim Women Speak Out

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Fawzia Afzal-Khan
Olive Branch Press, 2005 - Literary Collections - 338 pages
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In the wake of September 11th. Muslim women in the West found themselves more marginalized than ever by a panicked discourse that did little to promote a true understanding of Islam or the Islamic world. Here. in this ambitious volume that includes essays. poetry, fiction, memoir, plays, and artwork, Muslim women speak for themselves, revealing a complexity of experience and thought that escapes most Western portrayals. Islam is, as editor Fawzia Afzal-Khan puts it only "one spoke in the wheel of our lives." In Shattering the Stereotypes. essays by such writers as Ayesha Jalal, the Pakistani-American historian, poems by award-winning poets including Sucheir Hammad and Nathalie Handal, and a selection of short fiction and plays that are not just ethnically but attitudinally diverse, together make a more rounded portrait of what it is to be a Muslim woman in the 21st century.

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Contents

Where is Home? Fragmented Lives Border Crossings and the Politics
71
First Bombing for SuheirThe Conflict BaladnaThe Lives
94
Epigraph Nirmen alMufty
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Fawzia Afzal-Khan is Professor of English at Montclair State University in New Jersey. She is the author of Cultural Imperialism and the Indo-English Novel: Genre and Ideology in the Novels of R. K. Narayan, Anita Desai, Kamala Markandaya, and Salman Rushdie. Kalpana Seshadri-Crooks is Assistant Professor of English at Boston College. She is the author of Desiring Whiteness: A Lacanian Analysis of Racial Visibility (forthcoming).

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