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Posted on 27 April 2015 Gavin Glenn

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A Muslim woman’s journey

Polarized debates about 'Islam' and 'the West' are now so ubiquitous that it is easy to forget how damaging they can be. The vast majority of Muslims do not wish to see Islam used as a divisive force within the largely secular societies in which they live. How then can Muslim stereotyping be challenged? Mona Siddiqui is one of the foremost Western authorities on the reconciliation of 21st-century life and Islamic custom. In this new and searching book, she applies a uniquely probing intelligence, as well as a female sensibility, to crucial issues of faith and identity (such as wearing the veil) within society at large. These issues are the ones which have touched her personally, which have shaped the way she grew up, and which continue to mould her thinking; and in that sense her book is indeed the record, however fragmentary of a ‘journey’. Reconizing that our lives are shaped by external events and relationships, the author knows there is no hiding in the end from the self – that there is an internal beings to think about themselves in distinct and imaginative ways.

While speaking from within a particular tradition, she touches on matters of universal concern. Who are we? How do we cope with growing older? What kind of world will we leave to our children? Placing her rich personal journey in a wider context, the author is able to explore love and sex, multiculturalism and diversity, and ageing and death through the prism of her experience as both a Muslim and a modern woman. Her book shows why she is one of the most vital thinkers of our age.

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