Final Thoughts

Wahida Shaffi

in Our stories, our lives

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9781847424105
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302889 | DOI:
Final Thoughts

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Each story in this book offers a mixture of both subtle and bold insights into the unique wisdom of each contributor. They show how the seeds that were once sewn have been nurtured and grown in strength, both in the private realms of the home and in the echelons of public society. The struggle of the first generation of Muslim women in Britain has been addressed. There is a universal appeal in their frank and open commentary on love, marriage, and motherhood; on mortality, migration, and racism; and on violence and terror, as well as faith and freedom. From their stories, it is demonstrated that one must not underestimate the inherent power in rising to action, and within these pages each woman's story reveals what is possible when we act with courage and an entrepreneurial spirit, and when we open ourselves to faith and hold on to our sense of humour in the face of hardships.

Keywords: Muslim women; Britain; marriage; motherhood; mortality; migration; racism; violence; terror; faith

Chapter.  888 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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