Our stories, our lives

Inspiring Muslim women's voices

Edited by Wahida Shaffi

Our stories, our lives

Edited by Wahida Shaffi

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

152 pages | © 2009
Paper $16.95 ISBN: 9781847424105 Published July 2009 For sale in North and South America only
In the early years of the 21st century, a number of Muslim women have achieved positions of influence. Women who care about the society in which they live and bring up their children are increasingly finding a voice and working together to make things happen. There's some way to go in harnessing the potential that lies at the heart of this change, but there is plenty of evidence that Muslim women are paving the way forward in new dynamic, challenging and creative ways. This book is all about women who have shown courage, dignity and strength; pioneers who have recognized their potential in the public and private realms of society, who have struggled, made sacrifices, taken pride in their multiple identities and who are committed to positive and peaceful change in the UK. This book presents the stories of 20 women from Bradford between the ages of 14 and 80, from their own perspectives. Based on a broader project called OurLives, which was designed to explore the insights and experiences of over a hundred women in Bradford, it belongs to a long tradition of oral history, where practical knowledge is passed from generation to generation. The book offers an intricate mosaic of the experiences, views and hopes of these women and in so doing emphasises the power of people's lives to aid deeper debate and understanding and gives voice to an important and often marginalised group.It will be fascinating to a range of people with an interest in Muslim women's lives and views and of wider interest to students, academics, policy-makers and professionals .

The mayoress - Arshad Begum Ajeeb

The pioneer - Fatima Ayub

Dadi Ma the motivator - Barkat Bibi

From Sylhet to Ilkley - Nasreen Choudhury

Music 'n' motherhood - Elana Davis

Identity - Natasha Almas Fell

No mercy! - Sensei Mumtaz Khan

Journey to the house of Allah - Negara Khatun; I have a dream! - Rejwana Malik

From roots to routes - Sofia Maskin

Jihad - Syima Merali

The preacher's voice - Umm Mohsin

Salaam namaste - Shahana Rahman

The visionary - Zohra J. Rashid

Turning pennies into pounds - Zehida Rehman

Busing in the immigrants - Ulfat Riaz

White Abbey Road - Akhtar Sheikh

The spiritual tourist - Rina (Radhia) Tarafder

Burning ambitions - Selina Ullah

Rags to riches - Jean (Rabia) Yousfi

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