To their Lord and indeed that is who they surrender to You will find their lives far complex than imagined it is a finely crafted scholarly work. Ves enerally and black women's lives in particular Rather than focusing on traditional and deeply male ideas of autonomy and supremacy the book and the community of women it depicts emphasizes holistic notions of collective obligation personal humility and commitment to overarching codes of conduct and belief A much needed corrective to media portraits of Islam and the misconceptions they engender this engaged and engaging work offers an intimate in depth look into the vexed and interlocking issues of Islam ender and rac.
Ime among the women she interviewed thus the thoughtfulness of the title these women know what they are doing They are engaged in their surrender. Into the meaning of Islam for African American women; in particular Rouse shows how the teachings of Islam ive these women a sense of power and control over interpretations of ender family authority and obligations In Engaged Surrender Islam becomes a uniue prism for clarifying the role of faith in contemporary black women's experience Through these women's stories Rouse reveals how commitment to Islam refracts complex processes urbanization political and social radicalization and deindustrialization that shape black li.
One of the first studies that examined the world of Black American Muslim women and did it from their view Carolyn Rouse spent a reat deal of Commonly portrayed in the media as holding women in strict subordination and deference to men Islam is nonetheless attracting numerous converts among African American women Are these women reproducing their oppression as it might seem Or does their adherence to the religion suggest unsuspected subtleties and complexities in the relation of women especially black women to Islam Carolyn Rouse sought answers to these uestions among the women of Sunni Muslim mosues in Los Angeles Her richly textured study provides rare insight.