By Donna Gehrke-White
For years, a dead ringer for the Muslim lady in the United States has been clouded with secrecy, as mysterious because the face at the back of the veil. Is she garbed within the conventional hijab and chador? Is she subservient to a male-dominated tradition and faith, with few rights and little freedom? Does she grocery store, do her nails, visit university, have intercourse? who're those women?
In this remarkable and relocating booklet, journalist Donna Gehrke-White presents an extraordinary, revealing investigate the hearts, minds, and daily lives of Muslim girls in America—a fast-rising population—and opens a window on a tradition as different because it is misunderstood. right here, of their personal phrases, are the numerous diverse voices of medical professionals, football mothers, rebels, reformers, former political prisoners, survivors, activists—women of religion, braveness, wish, and change—all Muslims, all Americans.
There are ladies like Sahar Shaikh, who grew up on woman Scouts and rock and roll in suburban Miami yet felt that whatever used to be lacking from her existence until eventually she took up the veil and lower back to her religious roots; like Zainab Elberry, an Egyptian activist coverage government in Nashville who sees little need for the hijab and no clash among her feminism and her Muslim ideals. We meet Cathy Drake, a convert from
Virginia who may be the excellent Republican red-state mother, home-schooling her childrens and using a minivan, other than that Cathy wears the conventional shawl and switched over to
Islam after Sept. 11. There’s Salma Syed, who escaped the non secular intolerance, terror, and violence of her Indian fatherland to discover peace and protection within the American suburbs. And there are pioneers like Sarah Eltantawi, who're attempting to improve women’s rights within the mosque, and W. L. Cati, a as soon as obedient housewife who left either her abusive husband and her religion on the way to support different ladies get away related fates.
Candid, relocating, attention-grabbing, and eventually inspiring, The Face in the back of the Veil is a striking chronicle of identification and religion, a party of girls who're altering the face of the US and Islam, whilst the USA affects who they're and what they suspect.