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Find Out More, Workshop 14: Islam 2—Contemporary Issues

In "Building Bridges," a Tapestry of Faith program

The quote from this workshop comes from Saimah Ashraf. Her essay "Shattering Illusions: Western Conceptions of Muslim Women" contrasts Islam's position on women as stated in the Qur'an versus women's rights and roles as proscribed today in a variety of countries and examines Western attitudes toward Muslim women.

Additional resources on women and Islam: Love in a Headscarf by Shelina Zahra Janmohamed (Boston: Beacon Press, 2010); Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate by Leila Ahmed (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992, paperback 1993); a post on the IslamiCity website by Tayseir Mahmoud Shabadul Haq, a Muslim woman who wears hijab; the online post "Hijab: a Must, OR a Choice?" by Haitham Sabbah; and a 2009 report, "Women Leaders Struggle for Female Rights in Iraq" on the Niqash website.

On its website, the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry describes differences between the Bible and the Qur'an from a Christian perspective.

Khadijah

The book Ayat Jamilah: Beautiful Signs by Sara Conover and Freda Crane offers a story about Khadijah, "The First Muslim." The Islamic Occasions network offers a longer, less formal history of Khadijah. Also see a translation of a 2003 biographical study of Khadijah-al-Kubra (Khadijah the Great) by Anar-Al-Din.

Shia and Sunni

Explore differences between Shia and Sunni Islam in the article "Comparison of Shia, Sunni, and Sufi Factions of Islam."

Sihkism

Visit the Sikhs website or the website Khalsa Kids.

The Religious Tolerance website has information about Sikhism. Also see The Ten Gurus of Sikhism (Hindu website) and The Five Ks (the Search Sikhism website).

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Last updated on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.

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