Islamic Women's Literature


Online Bibliographies and Books

Arab Representations of the Occident byRasheed El-Enany

Arab Women Novelists: The Formative Years and Beyond by Joseph T. Zeidan

Beyond the Veil: Male-Female Dynamics in Modern Muslim Society by Fatima Mernissi

The Veil and the Male Elite: A Feminist Interpretation of Women's Rights in Islam by Fatima Mernissi

Other books by Fatima Mernissi are listed here

Review of the book "Beyond the Veil" can be found here

Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas

Women in Islam:
Theoretical Debates and Women’s Activism
 (online bibliography)

The Poetry of Arab Women: A Contemporary Anthology, edited by Nathalie Handal

Qur'an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman's Perspective by Amina Wadud

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi

books by Azar Nafisi can be foundhere

Seen and Heard: A Century of Arab Women in Literature and Culture by Mona N. Mikhail

The Experimental Arabic Novel: Postcolonial Literary Modernism in the Levant by Stefan G. Meyer

The Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Al Sanie (Rajaa Alsanea)

Discussions of the novel can be found here and complete list of reviews can be found here

Indian Muslims blog review of the book, 8 May 2008

Saudi Girls Gone Wild: A Forbes Review of the book by Mona Eltahawy

You Don't Know How Lucky You Are: A Review of The Girls of Riyadh by Arab News

Year of the Elephant by Leila Abouzeid

University of Wisconsin Press

Debating Muslims: Cultural Dialogues in Postmodernity and Tradition by Michael M.J. Fischer and Mehdi Abedi

Engaging Modernity:Muslim Women and the Politics of Agency in Postcolonial Niger by
Ousseina Alidou

Hausa Women in the Twentieth Century edited by Catherine Coles and Beverly Mack

Other readings of interest:

A'ishah's Legacy: Amina Wadud looks at the struggle for women's rights within Islam

Documenting Arab Women's Literature: A review of Joseph Zeidan's work by Aljadid

Islamica Magazine: On Being a Muslim Woman Writer in the West

The Picture of Women in Islamic Writing

Words Without Borders

The Position of Women in Islam  (this is an online book by Hamdun Dagher)

The Role of Women in Arabic Literature by Mona Mikhail

Women in World History: Primary Sources: Imperialism in North Africa: Autobiography, Leila Abouzeid


Journal of Islamic Studies, Oxford University Press

Sites of Interest

The American Muslim (TAM)




Indian Muslims Blog

Oxford Islamic Studies Online (site of author Rajaa Al-Sanie)

Women in Islam: Muslim Women, a University of Georgia Department of Islamic Studies web page

this site has excellent resources for the academic researcher, much, much more can be found here