In a 2005 report on making mosques “women friendly,” major U.S. Islamic organizations including the Islamic Society of North America, the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Islamic Council of North America, acknowledged that mosque conditions are often “unjust and demeaning” to women. The report affirmed the right of women to the main halls of mosque with unobstructed views. In addition, it acknowledged the discriminatory practices in many mosques that inhibit the participation, voice and leadership of women. It recommended quotas for women on the boards of mosques and the presence of women as public speakers to the congregation.

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BOOKS

Abdul-Ghafur, Saleemah, Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak (Boston: Beacon Press, 2005).

Abou El Fadl, Khaled, The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists (HarperSanFrancisco, 2005)
Abou El Fadl, Khaled, The Place of Tolerance in Islam (Boston: Beacon Press, 2002).
Abou El Fadl, Khaled, Speaking in God’s Name: Islamic Law, Authority, and Women (Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2001).

Ahmed, Laila, Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate (New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, 1992).

Algar, Hamid, Wahhabism: A Critical Essay (Oneonta, NewYork: Islamic Publications International, 2002).

Ali, Samina, Madras on Rainy Days (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004).

Aslan, Reza, No god but God (New York: Random House, 2005)

Barlas, Asma, ‘Believing Women’ in Islam (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2002).

Bewley, Aisha, Muslim Women: A Biographical Dictionary (London: Taha Publishers, 2004).

Hasan, Asma Gull, Why I Am a Muslim (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004).

Helminski, Camille Adams, Women of Sufism: A Hidden Treasure (Boston: Shambhala Publications, 2003).

Kahf, Mohja, E-mails from Scheherazad (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2003).

Knight, Michael Muhammad, The Taqwacores (Boston: Autonomedia, 2004).

Mernissi, Fatima, Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood, (Reading, Massachusetts: Perseus Books, 1994).

Mernissi, Fatima and Mary Jo Lakeland, The Veil and the Male Elite: A Feminist Interpretation of Women’s Rights in Islam, (Reading, Massachusetts: Perseus Books, 1992).

Murphy, Carlyle, Passion for Islam (New York: Scribner’s, 2002).

Nafisi, Azar, Reading Lolita in Tehran (New York: Random House, 2003).

Rauf, Imam Feisal Abdul, What’s Right with Islam (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2004).

Safi, Omid (ed.), Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender, and Pluralism, (Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2003).

Wadud, Amina, Qur’an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman’s Perspective (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999).

Wolfe, Michael (ed.), Taking Back Islam: American Muslims Reclaim Their Faith (New York: Rodale Press, 2002).

–––, The Hadj: An American’s Pilgrimage to Mecca (New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1993).

JOURNAL

Aminah McCloud (ed.), Journal of Islamic Law and Culture (Chicago: DePaul University).

ONLINE

Amanullah, Shahed (ed.), AltMuslim (San Francisco)

Godlas, Alan (ed.). The Islam Website (Athens, Georgia)

Kazmi, Laila (ed.), Jazbah (Seattle), www.jazbah.org.

Mazher, Uzma (ed.), Crescent Life (St. Louis)

Nassef, Ahmed (ed.), Muslim WakeUp! (Mt. Kisco, NewYork)

Rahman, Monis (ed.), Naseeb (Karachi, Pakistan)

RECOMMENDED VIEWING

Kronemer, Alexander and Michael Wolfe (producers), Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet (Kikim Media and Unity Productions Foundation, 2002).

Nawaz, Zarqa (writer-director), Me and the Mosque, (National Film Board of Canada, 2005).

 

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