By Donna Gehrke-White
For years, clone of the Muslim girl in the USA has been clouded with secrecy, as mysterious because the face at the back of the veil. Is she garbed within the conventional hijab and chador? Is she subservient to a male-dominated tradition and faith, with few rights and little freedom? Does she grocery store, do her nails, visit university, have intercourse? who're those women?
In this remarkable and relocating ebook, journalist Donna Gehrke-White offers an extraordinary, revealing check out the hearts, minds, and daily lives of Muslim girls in America—a fast-rising population—and opens a window on a tradition as varied because it is misunderstood. right here, of their personal phrases, are the various diversified voices of medical professionals, football mothers, rebels, reformers, former political prisoners, survivors, activists—women of religion, braveness, desire, and change—all Muslims, all Americans.
There are girls like Sahar Shaikh, who grew up on lady Scouts and rock and roll in suburban Miami yet felt that anything used to be lacking from her lifestyles till she took up the veil and again to her religious roots; like Zainab Elberry, an Egyptian activist coverage government in Nashville who sees little need for the hijab and no clash among her feminism and her Muslim ideals. We meet Cathy Drake, a convert from
Virginia who may be the ideal Republican red-state mother, home-schooling her teenagers and riding a minivan, other than that Cathy wears the normal shawl and switched over to
Islam after 11th of September. There’s Salma Syed, who escaped the spiritual intolerance, terror, and violence of her Indian native land to discover peace and safety within the American suburbs. And there are pioneers like Sarah Eltantawi, who're attempting to develop women’s rights within the mosque, and W. L. Cati, a as soon as obedient housewife who left either her abusive husband and her religion on the way to aid different ladies break out related fates.
Candid, relocating, attention-grabbing, and eventually inspiring, The Face at the back of the Veil is a impressive chronicle of id and religion, a party of ladies who're altering the face of the USA and Islam, at the same time the USA affects who they're and what they suspect.