The Face Behind the Veil: Extraordinary Lives Of Muslim Women In America

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.

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Then she met with a consultant from Boeing, the aircraft producer. the corporate wanted software program engineers. Areej notion, “It’s unlikely to occur. ” nonetheless, she had researched the corporate and went to the task interview ready. “I didn’t have excessive hopes,” she recalls. “But, I acquired a choice to 3 days later. ” in the course of that decision, which got here via on a Friday, a Human assets officer requested her one query: while might Areej wish to commence? Areej blurted out, “Monday! ” The HR employee instructed her to not fear, she didn’t need to commence that quickly.

Isn’t God our Lord? in order that potential His son and He are one? those are a few of the issues i used to be stressed approximately. whilst i used to be younger, i might ask my grandma approximately it. She would truly inform me, ‘You simply need to think it, that’s all. There isn’t an evidence, you simply need to think it. ’ So I by no means permitted it. ” nonetheless, she knew anything was once lacking in her lifestyles. In her twenties, although, she appeared to have all of it, together with an energetic social lifestyles. yet she was once spiritually adrift. At age twenty-four she came across Islam.

Once they moved to Miami, their marriage fast degenerated. Maria discovered that her husband had had a female friend, an American. whereas his mom and dad sought after him to marry a extra traditional—and Muslim—woman, he was once not able to renounce this prior romance. He started wasting his mood and hitting Maria. The beatings begun early on within the marriage. “He will be consuming and get mad,” she says. He had overall regulate over her, shelling out funds for groceries, just enough for her to live to tell the tale. He was once simply as miserly once they had little ones.

I have been looking for the proper faith considering that i used to be very young,” says one fresh Convert. She discovered it in Islam. “There is,” she provides, “something diversified and whatever distinctive approximately Islam. ” within the following chapters you’ll examine ten women’s non secular trips to Islam. ] 18 ^ Cathy’s Conversion: A Minivan mother Turns to Islam CATHY DRAKE may be the excellent mom as anticipated by way of the Republican occasion or an evangelical megachurch. She’s a college-educated stay-at-home mother in a single of America’s fastest-growing exurbias, in northern Virginia—a strong purple county in a great purple nation.

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