Foreword by Philip Jenkins. Award-winning historian Theodore Friend recently set out alone across Asia and the Middle East on a quest to understand firsthand the life situations of women in Indonesia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Turkey. 'Woman, Man, and God in Modern Islam' recounts Friend's remarkable journey and relates hundreds of encounters and conversations with people he met along the way. Commingling a deep respect for Islam and his faith in the potential of women to change their worlds, Friend presents an open, exploratory outsider's perspective on women in five very different Islamic cultures -- timely fare for all who wish to broaden their world horizons.
"Theodore Friend's book will be a wake-up call for those who cling to the mistaken belief that Islam is a monolithic faith and who have a one-size-fits-all view of Muslims. Friend is an able guide on this fast-paced journey that explores how faith, gender, and politics intersect and collide in five different countries. Along the way, he introduces us to a host of fascinating individuals, some of them inspiring and some disturbing. . . . An insightful and persuasive assessment of the challenges and opportunities confronting the Muslim world." --John Kaltner, Rhodes College
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