Books

This list of recommended readings are intended for exploration of ideas and to help us understand about healing and community.


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all about love: New Visions

by bell hooks

All About Love taught us radical new ways to think about love by showing its inter-connectedness in our private and public lives.

 
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feminist theory: from margins to center

by bell hooks

In this book, hooks challenges the dominant narrative of the movement and shows how its revolutionary power can be used to consciously transform and encompass the lives and ideas of women on the margin.

 
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men in charge?: rethinking authority in the muslim legal tradition

edited by Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Mulki Al-Sharmani and Jana Rumminger

In Men in charge?, contributors engage critically with two central juristic concepts; rooted in the Qur’an, they lie at the basis of this discrimination: qiwamah and wilayah. Concepts that are crucial in explaining the supposed authority of men over women in Islam.

 
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inside the gender jihad: women’s reform in islam

by Amina Wadud

Published after her seminal text, Qur’an and Woman, Wadud delves deeper into the text, introduces the feminist movement in Islam and delves into its challenges, its textual foundations in the Qur'an and its achievements.

 
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the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house

by Audre Lorde

These are a compilation of urgent essays on the power of women, poetry and anger are filled with darkness and light.

 
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progressive muslims

edited by Omid Safi

Confronting such key contemporary issues as racism, justice, sexuality, and gender, this book offers a revealing insight into the real challenges faced by Muslims of both sexes in Western society.

 
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qur’an and woman: re-reading the sacred text from a woman’s perspective

by Amina Wadud

Wadud presents a comprehensive, female-inclusive reading of the Qur'an, the sacred Islamic text.

 
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communion: the female search for love

by bell hooks

Communion challenges every female to courageously claim the search for love as the heroic journey we must all choose to be truly free.

 
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the crisis of islamic masculinities

by Amanullah De Sondy

An exploration of the varied, diverse, and divergent types of masculinities in Islamic societies in the past. It lifts the veil on the dominant idea of what a masculine Muslim male should be that has been thought immutable today.

 
 
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the body keeps the score

by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.

This is a book understanding the enduring effects of trauma. Van der Kolk transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust.

 
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trauma and recovery: the aftermath of violence - from domestic abuse to political terror

by Judith Herman, M.D.

This book puts individual experience in a broader political frame, arguing that psychological trauma can be understood only in a social context.