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Daughters of Islam: Building Bridges with Muslim Women
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|Title: Daughters of Islam: Building Bridges with Muslim Women|
By: Miriam Adeney
Number of Pages: 200
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2002
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Weight: 10 ounces
Stock No: WW2345X
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Their clothing is often distinctive. Their values are strongly held. They love their families. They comprise nearly one-tenth of the world's population, and they live everywhere around the globe. These are women of Muslim background. Many still belong to Islam, but some now belong to Christ. In Daughters of Islam Miriam Adeney introduces you to women like Ladan, Khadija and Fatma. You'll learn about their lives, questions and hopes. You'll learn how they are both representative of and unique among their Arab, Iranian, Southeast Asian and African sisters. And you'll discover what has drawn them to Christ. Adeney explores the many interwoven threads that make up daily experience for Ladan, Khadija, Fatma and their sisters, including
- sexuality, singleness and marriage
- children and extended family
- religious tradition and practice
- teaching and learning styles
As you enter into the lives of Ladan, Khadija and Fatma, you'll gain insight into how to relate to other women of Muslim background--and how to introduce them to Christ.
Miriam Adeney (Ph.D. anthropology) is professor of global and urban ministries at Seattle Pacific University and teaching fellow at Regent College. She is the author of Daughters of Islam, God's Foreign Policy: Practical Ways to Help the World's Poor, A Time for Risking: Priorities for Women and How to Write: A Christian Writer's Guide.
Daughters of Islam: Building Bridges with Muslim Women is a wonderfully relevant book for Christians who have little knowledge of Islam or the people who subscribe to it. This book helps readers peer into the hearts of Muslim women, to perceive what they feel and think, and to understand how they live.
The author, Miriam Adeney, is an anthropologist and missiologist who teaches global and urban ministry at Seattle Pacific University. Her purpose is to educate readers about Muslim women's lives, to offer examples of women who have come to Christ, and to shed light on strategies for reaching Muslim women. She has a wide acquaintance with case histories (many obtained herself through interviews) and ethnological sources. She wants to make this material available to Christian witnesses who encounter Muslims, whether in the United States or abroad.
The book features four chapters of case studies about Arab, Iranian, Indonesian and African women. Each contains several stories of Muslim-background women who have accepted Jesus as Lord. Interspersed with these chapters are topics important for ministry among Muslim women, information about Islam beliefs, and sections about women's diversity, family relations, learning styles and finances.
One theme that quickly emerged was the diversity of Muslim-background women. They vary greatly in country and background, including nomadic women, village women, educated professionals, religious fundamentalists and political activists. Not all Muslim women are sequestered, and in fact, in many countries they are fairly independent and may have leadership roles. Many women see veiling as reasserting human dignity rather than limiting freedom. They may think of themselves as staunch conservators of Islam.
The women's paths to Christ are just as varied: reading the Gospel story, seeing Jesus in dreams or visions, deciding jointly with their family, fleeing the fear of death and hell, desiring assurance of paradise and discovering Jesus' affirmation of women. This diversity requires variety in ministry.
The stories of the 18 women from eight countries across the Muslim world were one of the strongest elements of the book. I could see into their hearts and feel much empathy with them. One thing struck me as fairly consistent: nearly all the women fought in their hearts and minds against accepting Jesus, but their experience of Islam and Allah was so condemning, distant and loveless, that they had to seek the acceptance, nearness and love of Christ.
Equally strong were the ideas for effective ministry to Muslim-background women. For instance, Adeney reveals that stories are much more effective than bare doctrinal teaching. Songs and ballads of biblical stories and Scripture verses are also important. Drama, skits, debate and memorizing Bible passages fit into the Muslim culture, whereas "inductive" Bible study is foreign. The comparisons and contrasts between Islamic and Christian beliefs were beneficial, especially as I understood how Muslims interpret various Christian teachings.
Adeney is a gifted storyteller with a simple narrative style, and the book is user-friendly. The author distributes the case studies through the book, alternating a group of histories with sections on culture or ministry or finances. She provides much information to help build bridges with Muslims. The book succeeds in its purpose, and should be extremely useful to all Christians who have contact with Muslims.
---Shirley L. Barron, physician, advanced degree in Biblical Studies from Wheaton College
---Used with permission from Christians for Biblical Equality
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