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Dr. Clayton CrockettExploring Religion04/26/19A border PassageA Border Passage, is the story of Leila Ahmed emotional journey from a childhood inEgypt to Cambridge University and finally to the United States.Ahmed writes about passagesfrom girlhood to womanhood, citizenship to immigrant, from Arab nationalism to Westernfeminism.More interestingly, she shows us a portrait of a man's Islam, based on leaders and textsthat differ from the daily Islam lived by women. According to Leila Ahmed, Islam for women inEgypt, is not found in mosques, from which they are barred, or in books, which have deniedthem, but in household problem-solving and intuition.Now, after a lifetime of meeting and talking with Muslims from all over the world, I find this Islamis one of the common varieties—perhaps even the common or garden variety—of the religion. It is the Islamnot only of women but of ordinary folk generally, as opposed to the Islam of sheikhs, ayatollahs, mullahs, and

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Term
Spring
Professor
RobertJ.Williams
Tags
Islam, A Border Passage, Leila Ahmed, common varieties

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