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When the teacher stepped out of the class, I told my classmates that she wasn't telling the truth.
The book is about my personal journey, of growing up in America, going to the best of schools, studying law, and being modern and Muslim.I wanted to show that Islam and women's right are not non-inclusive. I went to Wellesley College, well known for feminist activities, before I joined New York University. To me being a cowgirl meant someone who was spirited, independent, bold and at the same time someone who cared deeply about people.So I called myself a Muslim feminist cowgirl and the term got attached to my name.The second group I call Eid Muslims, because many are not strict in practice and attend mosques only on holidays.While technically they date haram (unlawfully in Islam), without chaperones, they keep physical intimacy to a minimum and parental involvement at a maximum.Two years ago she published American Muslims: The New Generation.
Now she has a new book Why I am a Muslim, published by Thorson Element, a division of Harper Collins in England and America.
Eight years later people still talk about that description.
I wanted to tell the world that I am a Muslim and I am a feminist.
Instead of a hard-hitting book, now I have a book that is more spiritual. What is the story we hear about you upsetting Catholic nuns? I was about five or six when I heard a teacher tell the class that Jesus was the son of God and he was God himself.
I had been taught otherwise at home, that Jesus was a revered holy man, a prophet.
Some traditional Muslims did not like me calling myself a Muslim feminist. They thought Islam had enough provisions for women's rights.