Memoirs by Muslim Women

The Rumi Prescription:
How an Ancient Mystic Poet Changed My Modern Manic Life

by Melody Moezzi

Rumi's inspiring and deceptively simple poems have been called ecstatic, mystical, and devotional. To writer and activist Melody Moezzi, they became a lifeline. We follow her path of discovery as she translates Rumi's works for herself - to gain wisdom and insight in the face of a creative and spiritual roadblock.

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The Invisible Muslim:
Journeys Through Whiteness and Islam

by Medina Tenour Whiteman

Medina Tenour Whiteman stands at the margins of whiteness and Islam. An Anglo-American born to Sufi converts, she feels perennially out of place--not fully at home in Western or Muslim cultures.

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We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders:
A Memoir of Love and Resistance

by Linda Sarsour

Linda Sarsour, co-organizer of the Women’s March, shares an “unforgettable memoir” (Booklist) about how growing up Palestinian Muslim American, feminist, and empowered moved her to become a globally recognized activist on behalf of marginalized communities across the country

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Born With Wings:
The Spiritual Journey of a Modern Muslim Woman

by Daisy Khan

Born with Wings is a powerful, moving, and eye-opening account of Daisy Khan’s inspiring journey—of her self-actualization and her success in opening doors for other Muslim women and building bridges between cultures. It powerfully demonstrates what one woman can do—with faith, love, and resilience.

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The Butterfly Mosque

by G. Willow Wilson

After graduating from university, a newly converted Willow Wilson impulsively accepts a teaching position in Cairo. She meets Omar, who introduces her to the bustling city and a moderate nationalist movement. Despite their deep cultural differences, the two fall in love. They decide that they will try to forge a third culture, a new landscape that will embrace some of each of their cultures, and give their fledgling romance some hope of survival.

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What the Eyes Don't See

by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

The inspiring story of how Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, alongside a team of researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders, discovered that the children of Flint, Michigan, were being exposed to lead in their tap water—and then battled her own government and a brutal backlash to expose that truth to the world

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Reading Lolita in Tehran

by Azar Nafisi

The book consists of a memoir of the author's experiences about returning to Iran during the revolution (1978–1981) and living under the Islamic Republic of Iran government until her departure in 1997. It narrates her teaching at the University of Tehran after 1979, her refusal to submit to the rule to wear the veil and her subsequent expulsion from the University, up until her decision to emigrate.

A Woman Among Warlords

By Malalai Joya

Joya takes us inside Afghanistan, shows us the desperate day-to-day situations its remarkable people face at every turn, and recounts some of the many acts of rebellion that are helping to change it.

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From MTV to Mecca:
How Islam Inspired My Life

by Kristiane Backer

The former musical television video jockey (VJ) Kristiane Backer gives us a full account of her spiritual journey to Islam. Though faced by many challenges, her strong faith gave her the inner peace she had always sought.

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I Should Have Honor

by Khalida Brohi

This book is the story of how Brohi, while only a girl herself, shone her light on the women and girls of Pakistan, despite the hurdles and threats she faced along the way. And ultimately, she learned that the only way to eradicate the parts of a culture she despised was to fully embrace the parts of it that she loved.

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Threading My Prayer Rug

by Sabeeha Rehman

Beginning with a sweetly funny, moving account of her arranged marriage, the author undercuts stereotypes and offers the refreshing view of an American life through Muslim eyes.

I Am Malala

by Malala Yousafzai

In October 2012, gunmen boarded Malala's school bus and shot her in the face, a bullet passing through her head and into her shoulder. Remarkably, Malala survived the shooting. At a very young age, Malala Yousafzai has become a worldwide symbol of courage and hope.

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Not Created Equal

by Mona Johnson

She suffered domestic violence and cultural discrimination. Can she build a new life as a single mom and military officer? A fearless quest to conquer Islamic stereotypes and bias in two cultures.

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Laughing All the Way to the Mosque:
The Misadventures of a Muslim Woman

by Zarqa Nawaz

Being a practicing Muslim in the West is sometimes challenging, sometimes rewarding and sometimes downright absurd. Zarqa Nawaz has seen and done it all. From being asked to leave the Dead Body Washing committee to creating Little Mosque on the Prairie, a TV sitcom about the (horrified, then proud) Muslim community, Zarqa tells all.

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Haldol and Hyacinths:
A Bipolar Life

by Melody Moezzi

With candor and humor, a manic-depressive Iranian-American Muslim woman chronicles her experiences with both clinical and cultural bipolarity.

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Things That Shatter

by Kaighla Um Dayo

A story about what happens when Muslim women are broken by Muslim men and find the courage to heal themselves through the real Islam, Things That Shatter aims to shed light on abuse and healing within the Muslim community and to help vulnerable women protect themselves from men like him.

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Musings of a Fat, Black Muslim

by Leah Vernon

A searingly honest memoir of one young woman’s journey toward self-acceptance as she comes to see her body as a symbol of rebellion and hope and chooses to live her life unapologetically.

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First Comes Marriage:
My Not-So-Typical American Love Story

by Huda Al-Marashi

A candid, heartfelt love story set in contemporary California that challenges the idea of what it means to be American, liberated, and in love. When Huda meets Hadi, the boy she will ultimately marry, she is six years old. Both are the American-born children of Iraqi immigrants, who grew up on opposite ends of California.

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From Prom Queen to Hijabi:
My Journey to Faith on a Road Less Traveled

by U.M. Fatima

How does a typical American girl from Boston go from being "Prom Queen" and captain of two varsity sports teams to an orthodox Muslim covered from head to toe? Read about the "road less traveled" that one girl took as she stopped at nothing to be true to herself.

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My Fight For an Unlikely American Dream

by Ibtihaj Muhammad

Growing up in New Jersey as the only African American Muslim at school, Ibtihaj Muhammad always had to find her own way. When she discovered fencing, a sport traditionally reserved for the wealthy, she had to defy expectations and make a place for herself in a sport she grew to love.

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My Name is Iran

by Iran Davar Ardalan

Drawing on her remarkable personal history, NPR producer Davar Ardalan brings us the lives of three generations of women and their ordeals with love, rejection, and revolution.

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