In Iran, hundreds of women are producing blogs, sharing their ideas in an Islamic republic that still limits womens expression. In Malaysia, members of Sisters in Islam are challenging sexist interpretations of Islamic theology and law. And throughout the Arabic-speaking world, satellite TV stations like Al-Jazeera have spawned new Scheherazadeswomen journalists and hosts whose voices have a powerful impact on the public discourse.
This unique, cutting-edge book of essaysthe first to include work by 2003 Nobel Peace Prize-winner Shirin Ebadiexplodes Western stereotypes about Middle Eastern women. Here, writers from across the Islamic world describe how women are claiming their full voice in politics, religion, and culture, making powerful use of new mediaand sometimes facing powerful backlash.