Award-winning historian Theodore Friend recently set out alone across Asia and the Middle East on a quest to understand firsthand the life situations of women in Indonesia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Turkey. Woman, Man, and God in Modern Islam
recounts Friend's remarkable journey and relates hundreds of encounters and conversations with people he met along the way.
Commingling a deep respect for Islam and his faith in the potential of women to change their worlds, Friend presents an open, exploratory outsider's perspective on women in five very different Islamic cultures -- timely fare for all who wish to broaden their world horizons.
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and a review from Rachel Bomberger
-- University of Pennsylvania
"A fascinating and necessarily variegated investigation of the nature of gender relationships in some of today's most significant Muslim societies. It will constitute a much-needed corrective to the often stereotypical and generalized images and opinions regarding Muslim women that are such a common feature in the coverage of the topic by Western media."
-- Rhodes College
"Theodore Friend's book will be a wake-up call for those who cling to the mistaken belief that Islam is a monolithic faith and who have a one-size-fits-all view of Muslims. Friend is an able guide on this fast-paced journey that explores how faith, gender, and politics intersect and collide in five different countries. Along the way, he introduces us to a host of fascinating individuals, some of them inspiring and some disturbing. . . . An insightful and persuasive assessment of the challenges and opportunities confronting the Muslim world."
-- Centre for the Study of Islam and Other Faiths, Melbourne School of Theology
"This superbly written account is scholarly in its method and detail yet accessible to readers who are unfamiliar with the terrain covered. Friend is rigorous in his scrutiny and scrupulously fair. His numerous interviews provide insights into both the daily concerns and the deeper questions faced by the societies encountered. This excellent book deserves to be widely read."
Reviews in Religion and Theology
"Clearly explains the views and actions of modern Muslim women and men in five Muslim nations. . . . This book is excellent for scholars and non-scholars alike since it has sociological, historical, political, cultural, and religious data."
Midwest Book Review
"An award-winning historian sets out alone across Asia and the Middle East in an effort to understand the life situations of women in these countries. This [book] recounts his journeys, encounters, and insights into the cultures of Islam and provide an outsider's perspective on women in five very different Islamic cultures."