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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 Good for Anyone With Muslim Friends or Family Dec 8 2000
I got this book from a friend. Within 8 months 2 women I have known for yrs converted to Islam and Hasidic Judaism. Their decisions made no sense to me and the changes wrought in their lives were very similar: stricter moral codes, more modest clothing, food restrictions, different holidays and rituals, etc. Both of the women do not celebrate any Christian-origin holidays or "nationalistic" things like the 4th of July. I am familiar with all three Judeo-Christian-Islamic faiths and do not believe in any of them,so it helped to get an inside view of why a woman would choose such a radical path. One thing I noticed is that several of the women expressed dismay that their families were worried that they were going to go to hell for rejecting Jesus and spoke about "live and let live". Unless I am mistaken, Islam teaches that those who hear about Islam and reject it go to hell, so should their own children grow up and leave Islam they may have some of the same problems their Christian parents had with them. After I finished the book I realized that the only way for people to get along with religions which they do not accept is to ask some questions, be polite and then shut up about it. People are going to do what they think is right and if you get the idea that you're doing what GOD says is right, then it makes the decision that much stronger.
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By Maha
This is one of the books that are worth your time and money. Coming from a real experience and describing a very common story.. I recommend that everybody reads this book to have an idea about Islam and what it's really about.
Islamic laws are not concealed; they are there for everybody who is interested, and has the ability to read and understand, and this book illustrates that in a very clear way. There are no "Hidden Facts" in Islam, this is exactly why you see alot of people converting to Islam all around the world, despite what the disbeleivers think and try to prove using quotes from the Quran and presenting them in a way that is not based on the reason these verses were introduced for.
As an example, Islam states that women have half of the rights of men in witness. That's because women are built different, they are more emotional and softhearted, therefore, and because Allah (swt) is aware of his own creation. He (swt) stated that two women should witness instead of one in court, because, if one of them had doubts and felt sorry for the convict, and regretted being the reason for having him put in jail or perhaps executed (something that a true Muslim man wouldn't feel guilt for or even think about), the other woman would correct her.
Islam does not teach that women are bad omen, quiet the opposite, Islam is the only religion that stated clearly that Women are not to be blamed for human beings leaving heaven and living on earth.
Allah (swt) says: And among His signs is that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that you may dwell with them in tranquility, and He has put love and mercy between you. Indeed, in this are signs for those who reflect.
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1.0 out of 5 stars MANY FACTS ARE HIDDEN ON PURPOSE April 7 2000
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Many Objections about this writer,which she should have at the start of the book indicated Islamic laws concerning the women in Islam ,which were concealed on purpose and since many people will deny it, I had to use The Koran and Mouhammed says (Hadith) to back up my objections and my evidence:-which are as follows:-
Islam teaches that women have half the rights of men... a) In court witness (Surah 2:282) b) In inheritance (Surah 4:11)
Islam considers the wife a possession. "Fair in the eyes of men is the love of things they covet: women and sons, heaped-up hordes of gold and silver; horses..." (Surah 3:14)
Islam teaches that women are unclean. If a Muslim man touches a woman (even his wife) before praying, he is considered unclean for prayer. (Surah 4:43) Islam instructs women to veil themselves always when they are outside their homes. "...And say to the believing women...that they should draw veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty." (Surah 24:31)
Islam teaches that women are lacking in mind and religion. "I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than women." (Al Bukhary Vol. 2:541)
Islam teaches that women are a bad omen. "Bad omen is in the women, the house and the horse." (Al Bukhary Vol. 7:30)
Islam teaches that women are harmful to men. "After me I have not left any affliction more harmful to men than women." (Al Bukhary Vol. 7:33) -
Islam allows polygamy. A man may marry up to four wives at one time. "Marry women of your choice, two, or three, or four." (Surah 4:3) Islam allows a man to divorce his wife by oral announcement, the wife has no such right. "...divorce is permissible twice.
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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 Great for the families of female Muslim converts
This is a great book for families that are dealing with the hardships of a relative converting to Islam. Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2004 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars good book in understanding the journey
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
Published on July 11 2003 by "uskid"
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Non-Muslim Family of Converts
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. Read more
Published on March 2 2003 by "amienaomar"
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent text providing a fresh viewpoint of Islam
I own and have read this book, and I love it very much. I plan to donate it to my local library soon. Read more
Published on Sept. 4 2002 by "councilof12"
4.0 out of 5 stars Islam a way of life
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... Read more
Published on Sept. 15 2001 by M. Phillips
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite What I Expected...
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... Read more
Published on Aug. 3 2001 by "berwynne"
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 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
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