description of a woman as a 'bent rib' is
not derogatory to women. It comes from the
hadith of the Prophet, who exhorted men
not to try to change or 'straighten' women
by force but to accept them as they are
created by Allaah, and to follow his
example by interacting with women on a
basis of respect and compassion.
Rib: A Journey Through Women's Issues in
the result of the author's exploration of
a number of issues surrounding Muslim
women, especially those which critics of
Islam use as ammunition. These are matters
of concern to all Muslim women. Bent Rib
examines several controversial topics such
as domestic violence, female genital
mutilation, polygyny and the failure to
educate women and girls, and points out
the divergence between Islamic teaching
and actual culturally-influenced practice.
The problem is not Islam itself, but
un-Islamic practices that are prevalent in
many communities. This is a situation
which has to be addressed honestly.
this new and revised edition of Bent
important information has been updated and
new and interesting developments in these
areas are discussed with regard to their
impact on Muslim women and their society.