Thursday, December 23, 2010

Books I Highly Recommend on Gender/Islam

To my non-Muslim readers, sorry that this list revolves around Muslims/Islam only! It's just, since the last couple of years, I've been seeking Muslims who saw what I saw in the traditional interpretations of Islam and having found the following has been a blessing! And had it not been for a research mentor who suggested I compile an annotated bibliography of "feminist and progressive interpretations of Islam," this would never have happened -- at least not yet. So please bear with me as I complete the list for now!
However, there are a couple of books that might be of interest to those not interested in topics in gender/sexuality/Islam/progressive Islam, etc. Examples include "The Islamist" (it's basically an ex-"Talib" guy who wrote on his experiences as a "Talib" and why he had to leave such a lifestyle) and The Gift of Fear (it's full of tips for protection from violence, how to detect an abusive partner, what to do when, etc., etc.)

For now, this is it. I'll try to add more to the list with time. Also, reviews/summaries/annotated bibliographies of some of these books are available on my Islam and Gender blog.


  1. Great list! Adding a few to my Goodreads to-read list.

  2. hello dear. don't get me wrong, its just that i am curious! i want to know are you from afganistan or pakistan?

    because in your profile i see your are a pashtun which i think is an afganistani sect! is it so?
    please correct me if i am wrong!

    the thing is i am i love with afganistan ( after reading, the kite runner and thousand splendid suns)and would love to know more about it!

  3. Hi, Sepo! No worries - I didn't take it the wrong way at all :) Glad you asked, actually!

    I'm Pashtun, yes, but Pashtuns live in Pakistan (Northwestern province -- now called Khyber Pashtunkhwa -- and Balochistan) and Afghanistan both. We're a majority in Afghanistan and a minority in Pakistan. I'm from Swat, and Swat is (currently) a part of Pakistan.

    Hope somewhere in there, I answered the question, lol.

  4. Hey, just saw this post...thanks!

  5. Please refer an extensive work of Moojan Momin on comparative study of religion, titled "The Phenomenon of Religion(s?)". You'll really love reading it!


  6. How do i get invitation to Islam and gender blog?


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