Dr. Kamaly, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, has received high praise for the 2020 book, which looks at Islamic history through the lens of 21 highly accomplished women. The New York Times said, “For Western readers, it exposes the untruths that have characterized Muslim women as deferential beings in need of rescue.” The book has been translated into Turkish and will be translated into several other languages.
In naming it a top 4 women’s history book, Bookriot said: “Love a series-of-profiles book. From Mecca in the 600s to present day Europe and America, Kamaly tells the stories of 21 Muslim women and their impact on society, including ‘first believer’ Khadija, Mughal empress Nur Jahan, and acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid, who ‘liberated architectural geometry,’ which is a pretty cool thing to be said about yourself.”
The other books on the list are:
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