a border passage.docx - Dr Clayton Crockett Exploring Religion A border Passage A Border Passage is the story of Leila Ahmed emotional journey from a

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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 in Egypt to Cambridge University and finally to the United States. Ahmed writes about passages from girlhood to womanhood, citizenship to immigrant, from Arab nationalism to Western feminism.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 in Egypt, is not found in mosques, from which they are barred, or in books, which have denied them, 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 Islam is one of the common varieties—perhaps even the common or garden variety—of the religion. It is the Islam not only of women but of ordinary folk generally, as opposed to the Islam of sheikhs, ayatollahs, mullahs, and clerics. It is an Islam that may or may not place emphasis on ritual and formal religious practice but that

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