Kecia Ali, Oxford, UK: Oneworld Publications, 2006. 217 pages.
Kecia Ali’s Sexual Ethics and Islam is a fresh and incisive examination of a variety of issues related to marriage and sexuality. Its primary objective is to engage with the values and aspirations of contemporary American Muslims, although it should also find a broad non-Muslim audience in undergraduate courses and among non-specialist readers. Throughout the book, Ali analyzes the concerns of a Muslim community striving both to realize a vision of justice and equality informed by contemporary social realities as well as to cultivate a genuine and honest commitment to Islam’s teachings. Although she sometimes addresses the internal dynamics of the Muslim community (both American and international) in ways that may resonate most with a faith-based audience, non-Muslim readers and students will be fascinated by the degree of Muslim social and theological diversity that she describes.