Gender Studies

Women in Islam: The Western Experience

Anne Sofie Roald, London & New York: Routledge, 2001. 339 pages.

Anne Sofie Roald, a Norwegian convert to Islam and associate professor of the history of religion at Malmo University (Sweden), devotes her book to two major themes: Examining what the interpretations of the Qur’an and Sunnah in the Arab cultural sphere “say” on various women’s issues, and how this interpretation tends to change during the cultural encounter with the West. The cover picture exemplifies these themes: two young happy Muslim women wearing headscarves while biking, illustrating Muslim women well integrated into western society but without giving up their Islamic identity. The book is divided into two parts: theoretical and methodological reflections, and empirical issues.

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