Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Review: Living Islam Out Loud-Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur

Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak

Ed. Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur

Whatever your feelings about this collection of essays, I think the most disturbing fact is that none of the top Muslim media outlets carries it.

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3 comment(s):

  • Salaam 'Alaikum

    Are you really surprised that super Salafi "Suq us Sunnah" doesn't carry this? MeccaCentric doesn't carry books at all. Come on.

    Why not look at Halalco? Islamic Bookstore? Kazi? None of them carry it This does raise two questions though: how long does it take for these people to get a book out? An anthology I was included in took forever to get into the online Islamic booksellers' catalogs, but it was on Amazon and in the stores much, much sooner. I would not be surprised to see this book in Kazi's offerings in the near future. I have only very recently begun to see this book on the shelf at B&N and Borders.

    Another question is, are these companies required to stock books that contain content they vehemently disagree with? No one even remotely familiar with Dawatus Salafiya in the US would expect Suq us Sunnah to carry this book -- or a book of Rumi or ibn 'Arabi or Imam al Ghazali.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/17/2005 01:43:00 PM  

  • asalaamu alaykum

    Second question first: No, book companies are not required to sell anything. I'd expect some book companies to begin to carry it, either for the ideological reason that it should be sold or the profit motive that people are asking for it. Your observed that the online booksellers are slower in offering new products. In sha Allah, some will begin carrying this item.

    You're right about Suq us Sunnah and MeccaCentric.

    Other than Kazi, do you think that other Muslim media retailers will begin to carry this item?

    Incidentally, I also looked at


    None of which carried this book.

    By Blogger Ayman Hossam Fadel, at 11/20/2005 03:36:00 AM  

  • Salaam 'Alaikum

    Subhan'Allah, I didn't even know about those other outlets. I rarely buy books online; Kazi is the only one that I know of (excluding the above, which I just learned of, except NoorArt, which I thought was for children's stuff only) that carries a very wide range of books -- from classical to modern conservatives to liberal. If this were three years ago, I'd say Sufi Books would carry it, but it's my understanding that they only carry books from Pir Press now (and the bricks-and-mortar store, which had everything from al Albani to ibn 'Arabi is gone). -- Umm Zaid

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/27/2005 03:09:00 PM  

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