What are the best books by Muslim women?

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    #1I Am Malala

    I Am Malala

    In 2009 Malala Yousafzai started writing a blog on BBC Urdu about how life was in the Swat Valley during the Taliban control. In 2012, gunmen boarded Malala's bus to school and shot her in the face, but Malala survived, sparking solidarity across Pakistan and globally. 


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    Nicholas Hoffman
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "What a harrowing and inspirational story. The ways my heart were touched! Oh, my! What a story! This is good for everyone with a soul who wants to know how to come together."
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    #2Girls of Riyadh

    Girls of Riyadh

    Rajah Abudullah Asanea's Girls of Riyadh is a controversial novel that recounts the lives of four college-aged women and their stories about the relationship between men and women in Riyadh. The novel was published by The Fig tree on July 5th, 2007.


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    Brandon Hicks
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Girls of Riyadh is a book by the Saudi author Rajaa Alsanea. Alsanea writes about the lives of women in Saudi Arabia and the unique issues and troubles they face under an oppressive regime. "
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    #3The Butterfly Mosque

    The Butterfly Mosque

    The Butterfly Mosque is a breathtaking memoir about a western woman and his journey towards becoming an Islam. The novel was published by Atlantic Monthly Press on June 1st, 2010.


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    Melissa Stewart
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I was in need of the best books by Muslim women and found out about The Butterfly Mosque. Its a great book on western woman and their journey to become part of the Islam religion."
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    #4The Complete Persepolis

    The Complete Persepolis
    The Complete Persepolis is a compilation of  Marjane Satrapi's best-selling, graphic memoir about her childhood and coming of age during the Islamic Revolution. The book was published by Pantheon Books on  October 30th, 2007.

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    Jessica Santos
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This Islamic book is very descriptive, its worthy reading it. It describes an unique story and a different world from western culture, and their point of view. It interesting knowing how they see life and how people behave in different cultures. "
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    Embroideries is another witty and entertaining novel from the author of the bestselling Persopolis. This self-published graphic novel looks into the sex lives of Iranian women. 


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    Christopher Fowler
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This author has some very compelling works to her name, but this particular book of hers is not quite as excellent as some of her other ones. It deals with some of the day to day experiences that women in her native Iran go through, and is sort of interesting as a slice of life type of work, but her other titles are just more ambitious. It's not bad, but it's probably not entirely representative of the author's true potential."
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    #6The Hijabi Club

    The Hijabi Club

    The Hijabi Club is a young adult novel by Shaylene Haswaréy about experiencing typical teenager activities as a young, Muslim American. The novel was published by Waste Land Pres on October 31st, 2011. 


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    Cynthia Martinez
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "The Hijabi Club is a good book for Muslim women as well as for non-Muslim women. It sheds some light on the life of young American Muslim girls. It's a fun story that shows a highly relatable side to this somewhat mysterious culture. I really enjoyed this book."
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    #7The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf

    The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf
    The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf is a non-fiction novel about a woman who grew up in a tight-knit Muslim family and her journey of challenging traditions. This non-fiction novel was published by Public Affairs on September 12th, 2006.

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    Kyle Cook
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This book features amazing story-telling and all around good characters. I like this book a lot and it's very immerse for what it does."
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    Minaret is the second novel by Sudanese author Aboulela. This is a non-fiction novel about a Sudanese woman and the trials she and family experiences in the face of the Second Sudanese Civil War.

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    Pari Rangan
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "I love to read books by Muslim women, since they inspire me and I'm Muslim myself. I read Minaret, by Sundanese author Aboulela. It's an amazing non-fiction book about Sudanese women and all the hardships they endured in the Second Sudanese Civil War. I really fell in love with this book. The history is really fascinating. Definitely check it out!"
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    #9Does My Head Look Big In This?

    Does My Head Look Big In This?
    Does My Head Look Big In This? is a book by Randa Abdel-Fattah that tells the story of Amal, a young girl who decided to embrace her faith despite all the judgments from the people around her. 

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    Brittany Sanders
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Ever wonder how others live, now you can see how a teenager grows up Muslim. Amal Is a sixteen year old girl who wears a hijab full time and is bullied. However Amal‘s faith is strong. "
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    #10Jasmine Falling

    Jasmine Falling

    Jasmine Falling is a Shereen Malherbe's non-fiction novel about a Palestinian woman's journey to find what her heart truly desires. The novel was published by MB Publishing on November 28th 2015.


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    Andrew Richardson
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "A surprising, very special book which gives a vision and perspective of life in Palestine, which many would find surprising. Engaging and moving, this is my favorite book of the year. It's a truly amazing work and I highly recommend reading this book. "
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    #11The Bastard of Istanbul

    The Bastard of Istanbul
    The Bastard of Istanbul is a historical fiction novel written by Turkish author Elif Shafak is her second novel written in English. This book has sold more than 120,000 copies in Turkey alone. 

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    Adam Welch
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "The Bastard of Istanbul was a very interesting book that held my attention throughout all chapters. I highly recommend for anyone who likes reading about important times in history. "
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    #12Alif the Unseen

    Alif the Unseen
    Alif the Unseen is a science fiction novel written by G. Willow Wilson. First published in 2012 by Grove Press, it focuses on the story of Alif as he discovered a secrett book called The Thousand and One Days.

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    #13One Thousand and One Nights

    One Thousand and One Nights

    One Thousand and One Nights is a classic fantasy fiction novel written by Hanan Al-Shaykh. It is first published in 2011 by Pantheon. 


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    Vishal Verma
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "One Thousand and One Nights is a book that i recommend if you want to learn about Muslim women. It will help you understand their struggles and what they go through."
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    Unveiling is book written by a Muslim writer named Raihanaty A. Jalil and was published on December 28, 2011 by Ash5haa3rah. It follows the story of a woman who does not wear the 'face veil' or 'hijab'.

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    Mildred Silva
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I like that it unveils the veil of a Muslim women. We get to walk in her shoes on the pages of the book."
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    #15Allah, Liberty and Love

    Allah, Liberty and Love

    Allah, Liberty and Love: The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom is a non-fiction Islamic feminist book written by Irshad Manji. It is first published in 2011 by Atria Books. 


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    Teresa Domínguez
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "With the current state of stereotyping, this is a great book for Muslims and non-Muslims. Manji has a way of separating the differences, yet similarities of religion and culture."


Best What are the best books by Muslim women
1I Am MalalaBooks 45 Paid
2Girls of RiyadhBooks 42 Paid
3The Butterfly MosqueBooks 38 Paid
4The Complete PersepolisBooks 36 Paid
5EmbroideriesBooks 33 Paid
6The Hijabi ClubBooks 30 Paid
7The Girl in the Tangerine ScarfBooks 28 Paid
8MinaretBooks 27 Paid
9Does My Head Look Big In This?Books 24 Paid
10Jasmine FallingBooks 22 Paid

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