Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Voices of Resistance

The Seal (Avalon) Press anthology is finally out. My essay "War Stories" is included in it. I can barely believe it and am awaiting the arrival of my copy very, very anxiously. I was so focused on Burden that I had pushed this one out of my mind until Sarah (the editor) sent out the announcement that it was finally out and when my check finally arrived. Woo HOoo! Coffee for everyone. Still, the money is not the thing. I am very excited. Read it please, and let me know how you liked it. A lot of people worked really hard on it.

This is what initial reviewers said of the book:
In "Voices of Resistance," writers, poets, and visual artists work to redefine the stereotypical depictions of Muslim women that inundate current western discourse on the Islamic “other.” By confronting war, empire, homophobia, and patriarchy, the contributors explore topics both personal and global and challenge the narrow perceptions about the contemporary realities of Muslim women.

“An eloquent, beautifully crafted testament to the courage, reflexivity, and spirit of Muslim women's resistance to the injustices and violence of wars from Palestine to the USA.... A book that moves, teaches, and challenges us to deeper understanding and to solidarity across the borders of nations, religions, races, and sexualities.”

—Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Professor of Women’s Studies, Syracuse University and author of Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity

“Voices of Resistance is a noisy and proud collection of Muslim women writing with boundless energy and enormous creativity from the United States and around the world. Sometimes it’s angry. At other times it’s introspective. But it’s mostly about faith, faith that a world free from racism and sexism and defined by justice is not just possible but absolutely necessary.”

—Moustafa Bayoumi, Professor of English, City University of New York

"I loved it. It was fun, it was funny, it was profound, it was deep, it was frightening, it was awesome, it was an opening.
I could NOT put it down."
-dr. amina wadud
professor of islamic studies
author of Inside the Gender Jihad.


Amrita said...

i'll have to get this one. congrats on the new book btw :) all to yourself.

Jawahara Saidullah said...

Thanks! I've been so remiss about updating this blog it's nice to know people still visit sometimes.