Author(s): Susan Carland
Muslim women oppose sexism in their community in many ways- pray-in protests, feisty Tumblrs, demanding to enter mosques through the main entrance, teaching Islamic classes to women and girls, writing their own female-friendly translations of the Qur'an, making films with Muslim protagonists...In Fighting Hislam, Susan Carland unearths a creative, varied and committed new type of feminism, one that embraces passionate religious conviction while challenging sexism. She discovered that it is work that is often supported by Muslim men and the Muslim community, but still faces condescension from non-Muslims and a backlash from people who believe that to be a feminist Muslim is necessarily to be a Bad Muslim. The stories of the women in this book demonstrate a conviction that gender equality is a God-given right and consistent with generations of pious Muslim women. It gives a new insight into what it means to be a Muslim woman today.
Susan Carland has a PhD from Monash University and is a lecturer and researcher at the National Centre for Australian Studies. In 2012 she was named as part of the 20 Most Influential Australian Female Voices by The Age. She has also been listed on the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World list, and as a 'Muslim Leader of Tomorrow' by the UN Alliance of Civilizations. She is a regular paperreviewer and Friday panelist on ABC TV's News Breakfast.