Author: Huda al-Khattab
A sensitive and sensible look at the main issues with which Muslim women are often faced, not only as a result of ignorant attacks in the media by non-Muslims, but also in situations where they come across Muslims who are not fully aware of what the teachings of Islam actually are. This book, by the author of the best-selling The Muslim Woman’s Handbook, helps to dispel common misconceptions and misunderstandings. This book is the result of the author’s exploration of a number of issues surrounding Muslim women, especially those which critics of Islam use as ammunition. These are issues which are concern to all Muslim women. Bent Rib examines a number of controversial issues such as domestic violence, female genital mutilation and failure to educate girls, and points out the divergence between Islamic teaching and actual culturally-influenced, practice. The problem is not Islam itself, but un-Islamic practices that are prevalent in many communities, a situation which has to be addressed.
This book is divided into 9 chapters. Each heading is further divided into many sub headings. This book also include an introduction along with appendices and glossary. Some of the capters are:
Chapter 1: Going by the book- Quranic interpretation
Chapter 2: Partners of life or three strikes and you’re out? Marriage and Divorce
Chapter 3: Domestic slaves and baby factories? Role of Muslim women
Chapter 4: Polygyny