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Daughters of Another Path: Experiences of American Women Choosing Islam [Paperback]

Carol L. Anway
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4.0 out of 5 stars A book I'd like to give my mom April 6 2004
One review called this book "SAD", another "INACCURATE" and I think what is truly sad and inaccurate is the attitude that these reviewers displayed. It is clear to me that the problem they have is not with this book but with the religion.
The point of this book is to show how families of women who converted to Islam have been affected by their daughters' choices. It is not meant to justify or criticize these choices - just to present them as food for thought and discussion. I think it is the author's hope that her book will open doors of understanding between those daughters and their families so that they can do what families do best - give each other unconditional love and support.
A particular strength of this book is that the women who responded to the survey represent a broad sample of women converts to Islam. I think this is an important contribution because it helps to break the stereotype that women converting to Islam do it only because of their husband's coercion or because they are "lost souls". The book shows that between the two extremes there are many intelligent and open-minded women who have independently chosen the path of Islam.
The only reason I did not give this book 5 stars is because I felt there could have been more input from Muslim women in the *analysis* of the responses. At times it felt like the book was kind of a cut and paste job, with the author's comments here and there.
I think it would also have been a better book had Anway gotten a broader range of input from Islamic scholars on the doctrinal information that she included. I felt that she presented Islam as having a rather narrow/definitive system of beliefs - and those familiar with Islam know that there is a great deal of variation among the scholars and the believers. In fact, the responses to her survey clearly show that the "other path" chosen by these women is not one path, but many paths going in the same direction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the families of female Muslim converts Jan. 15 2004
This is a great book for families that are dealing with the hardships of a relative converting to Islam. Because of misconceptions about Islam, the conversion process can be diffucult, especially for those who think that Islam in practice is like the film, Not Without My Daughter. It gives a glimpse into the lives of Muslim female converts who are rendered silent by the media. They speak for themselves and articulate the choice to make Islam a part of their lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book in understanding the journey July 11 2003
By "uskid"
This is a great book, which gives an account of the daughter who converts from Christianity to Islam. This book is a very good for anyone who's family member converted to Islam
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Non-Muslim Family of Converts March 2 2003
I purchased this book for my mom (a christian) to help her understand peoples reasons for conversion. Of course, I read it first...this book was very helpful to me. Sometimes as converts we feel very lonely. We spend a lot of time dealing with people from other countries, and hardly ever meet American converts. This book reminds me that I'm not alone. It reminds me, and reinforces my reasons for conversion. I have just given it to my mom, so I don't know how it helped or (or not) but I really believe it will open her eyes a bit...inshallah (God willing). GREAT book for muslims and non muslims.
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I own and have read this book, and I love it very much. I plan to donate it to my local library soon. It is the personal narrative of a Christian woman who details her struggle to come to terms with her daughter's conversion to Islam. Interwoven into this narrative are personal accounts of American women who converted to Islam.
The negative aspect of this book is that the personal accounts of those women is not complete. Mrs. Anway only selected the material that suited the direction of her narrative. There is not enough about the personal experiences of the Muslim women themselves. It's in bits and pieces scattered throughout the text.
But overall, I would definitely recommend this book for those of Christian background, who have a loved one that has become Muslim.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Islam a way of life Sept. 15 2001
I chose to reads this book many yrs ago and found the stories well written and expressed. I am an Afrikan american woman who chose islam in the early 80's after a visit to a Mosque in Washington, DC. I have learned that it was the arab influence into Afrika which brought islam to being in that part of the world and for that I am grateful.I am now an Attorney living in Washington, DC again and Islam has never been better than during these times of world disorder. MTEsq.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite What I Expected... Aug. 3 2001
When I purchased this book, I was surprised to find that it read more as a personal account of one woman's struggle to come to terms with her daughter's conversion to Islam from Christianity, then as a collection of essays by Islamic women about why they chose to convert. While this aspect of the book exists, I found the excerpted nature of the material, along with the author's piecemeal (and rather non-committal) commentary to leave me flat, wishing for more details about the individual Muslim women and their stories. This book is interesting, but not compelling, and I would recommend it more for people facing the same situation as the author -- committed Christians who are trying to come to terms with a loved one's conversion to the Islamic faith -- than I would to anyone striving to gain a deep understanding of what Islam means to those who have converted.
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1.0 out of 5 stars not accurate
Odd how this book doesnt tell the truth abotu Hajib and the restrictions put on women in islam. For instance nowhere in this book is it discussed that the Koran encoruages men to... Read more
Published on March 25 2004 by Seth J. Frantzman
5.0 out of 5 stars A sincere and social/ scientific research.
Religion has a special place in our hearts. Carol Anway courageously ventured deep into her suffering heart, and as a scholar, her duty to enlighten the reader took priority. Read more
Published on July 29 2001 by Sentekin Can
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book for Learning About Islam..
I love studying religions and philosophies. I read this one because I wanted to indeed understand WHY SO MANY American women are turning to Islam. Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2001 by "bookreader@rocketmail.com"
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for Anyone With Muslim Friends or Family
I got this book from a friend. Within 8 months 2 women I have known for yrs converted to Islam and Hasidic Judaism. Read more
Published on Dec 8 2000 by Jennifer Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Research
Well Narrated book, Carol decided to look into facts why American women converts to Islam.While most of Americans media present islam within an image which creates fears and... Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2000 by Hamad AL-Maharooqy
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and Useful
I have been a muslim for over 6 years and found this book to be very
interesting. I understand how non-muslims and Americans feel about
Islam because I am an American and... Read more
Published on July 31 2000 by "wifeofyemeni"
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