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Prophecy and the Fundamentalist Quest , An Integrative Study of Christian and Muslim Apocalyptic Religion by Farzana Hassan.

An Author ("Prophecy and the Fundamentalist Quest",  "Islam women and the challenges of today", and "Echoes from the Abyss"), a Freelance writer, Radio Program Host, musician, women's rights activist who earned an MBA from the University of Massachusetts. She recently completed her Doctorate in Education.


Prophecy and the Fundamentalist Quest
An Integrative Study of Christian and Muslim Apocalyptic Religion.

Echoes from the Abyss
Slavery continues to exist today. This is a story of treachery, deceit and crime and the helpless victims are innocent young girls. Thirteen year old Meena ends up in one of the brothels of India, experiencing the worst type of brutality and humiliation. She remains locked up there for four long years until a foreign agency eventually discovers her whereabouts and rescues her. She returns to her native Nepal only to face a myriad of social problems.

Islam women and the challenges of today
Calls for an Islamic reformation have been heard frequently since 9/11 and yet few Muslim scholars and activists have been able to grapple with the most intractable theological tenets within the Faith. The discourse has been polarized between the condescending "cultural Muslims" such as Irshad Manji and polite but polemical bridge-builders such as Akbar S. Ahmed. Farzana Hassan has admirably filled the void with this volume that takes on the toughest issues in Islamic theology that challenge modernity, such as domestic abuse, the laws of inheritance, polygamy and matrimonial norms. The fulcrum of reform movements in Islamic societies is around contested notions of feminism. Scholars such as Riffat Hassan or Ghazala Anwar have paved the way for such a liberation theology in this regard but have not communicated their message to a popular audience in as prescient a fashion as this volume. No doubt, this book will be controversial and has already been rejected by many mainstream clergy. However, reform movements frequently encounter such initial dissent and only through persistence can Islamic inertia be confronted from within the ranks of the Faithful. As a practicing Muslim, Farzana has greater legitimacy than many other scholars in this field and her voice is beginning to resonate beyond her Canadian base. One can only hope that her efforts will not be co-opted by Islamophobes in the West nor become fodder for the conspiracy theorists within Islam.