A History of Islam in 21 Women by Hossein Kamaly

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By Hossein Kamaly, Oneworld Publications, paperback, 272 pages

In this unique history, Hossein Kamaly celebrates the lives and achievements of twenty-one extraordinary women in the story of Islam, from the formative days of the religion to the present.

Khadija was the first believer, to whom the Prophet Muhammad often turned for advice.

At a time when strongmen quickly seized power from any female Muslim ruler, Arwa of Yemen reigned alone for five decades.

In nineteenth-century Russia, Mukhlisa Bubi championed the rights of women and girls and became the first Muslim woman judge in modern history.

After the Gestapo took down a Resistance network in Paris, British spy Noor Inayat Khan found herself the only undercover radio operator left in that city. 

Explore these stories and more in A History of Islam in 21 Women.

About the author:

Hossein Kamaly is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at Hartford Seminary. A scholar of the Middle East, focusing on the history of ideas, he has previously taught at Barnard College and Columbia University, and is the author of God and Man in Tehran. He lives in New York.

A History of Islam in 21 Women by Hossein Kamaly
A History of Islam in 21 Women by Hossein Kamaly
A History of Islam in 21 Women by Hossein Kamaly
A History of Islam in 21 Women by Hossein Kamaly
A History of Islam in 21 Women by Hossein Kamaly
A History of Islam in 21 Women by Hossein Kamaly