Standing Alone In Mecca : A Pilgrimage Into The Heart Of Islam

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Author: Nomani Asra Q.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers India
Edition: 20070312
ISBN-10: 8172235909
ISBN-13: 9788172235901
No of pages: 416 Pages
Weight: 256
Language: English

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Asra Nomani, was born in Mumbai and moved to the United States at the age of four. She has written for the Washington Post, New York Times and Time magazine, and has covered the war in Afghanistan for salon.com. She is the recipient of a reporting fellowship from the South Asian Journalists Association, based in New York City, and she has been a visiting scholar at Brandeis University and a fellow at Yale University.

As President Bush prepared to invade Iraq, a Wall Street Journal correspondent for fifteen years, Asra Q. Nomani embarked on a dangerous journey from Middle America to the Middle East to join more than two million fellow Muslims on the hajj. On a journey perilous enough for any American reporter, Nomani was determined to take along her infant son, Shibli, living proof that she, an unmarried Muslim woman, was guilty of zina, or 'illegal sex'. She returned to America to confront the sexism and intolerance in her local mosque and to fight for the rights of modern Muslim women who were tired of standing alone against the repressive rules and regulations imposed by reactionary fundamentalists. Standing Alone in Mecca is a personal narrative, relating the modern-day lives of the author and other Muslim women to the lives of those who came before, bringing the changing face of women in Islam into focus through the unique lens of the hajj. In this book, she shows how many of the freedoms enjoyed centuries ago have been erased by the conservative brand of Islam practiced today, giving a false image of Muslim women as veiled and isolated from the world.