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Muslim women in America speak out

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(Read caption) The writers featured in the essay anthology 'I Speak for Myself' share what it’s like to be Muslim in America.

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“Pakistani woman gang-raped in an honor revenge.”

Taliban prohibits Afghan girls from attending school.”

“Indonesian Sharia police ban tight pants for women.”

The media have plenty to say about Muslim women. But what makes the headlines isn’t the experience of the vast majority of Muslim women. And what rarely emerge are the voices of Muslim women themselves.

Two women have sought to change that by urging American Muslim women across the US to speak for themselves.

I Speak for Myself” is a collection of essays that give Muslim women a voice and American audiences a much-needed glimpse of an oft-misunderstood group. Editors Maria Ebrahimji and Zahra Suratwala collected reflections from 40 American Muslim women to showcase the range of hopes, fears, doubts, sorrows, and joys Muslim women across the US experience. The result is almost startlingly honest, refreshing, inspiring, and anything but expected.

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“Seeing my image in a full scarf, body suit and surfboard on the front page of Yahoo! reinforced in my mind the modesty I have come to cherish,” writes Sama Wareh, a field naturalist and traveling scientist in southern California.

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