New Book: Women Creating Change

Screen shot 2013-12-13 at 7.57.25 AMA Force Such as the World Has Never Known: Women Creating Change
edited by Sharon G. Mijares, Aliaa Rafea and Nahid Angha

A Force Such as the World Has Never Known: Women Creating Change is a unique collection of narratives from women from all around the globe. These are stories of compassion and bravery, empowered by the vision of a better world for all life. It emphasizes the need to empower the feminine and assure gender balance and human rights for all. This accumulation of women’s stories reveals the role of women in creating needed changes in areas of health and nutrition, supporting efforts toward sustainable environments, promoting political and social rights, protecting women from the travesties of war and rape and promoting religious diversity and better conditions for all beings.


This anthology offers an introduction to women’s movements in parts of the world where we normally have little access to this kind of information, i.e., women’s activism in communist societies such as the USSR, and now Russia, and China, as well as women’s activism within spiritual traditions such as Islam and Buddhism, and forms of activism that women may not have previously considered (e.g. dance). The book makes an important contribution in filling the gap in knowledge about the status and activism of women in other culture.



About the Authors:


Sharon G. Mijares, psychologist, workshop leader and author, has focused on women’s development for over 25 years. She has authored five books, numerous articles and is an influential leader in promoting women’s empowerment, gender balance and psychospiritual healing.


Aliaa Rafea is a Professor of Anthropology at Ain Shams University, Women’s College in Cairo.  She has authored and co-authored several books, had chapters in books published in India, Japan, Morocco and the USA, as well as numerous academic articles in international and regional journals.


Nahid Angha, Ph.D., is a Sufi scholar, a Humanitarian, Human Rights activist, Women’s Rights activist, Author, Lecturer, and Translator of over fifteen published books.  She is the first Muslim woman inducted to the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame.

Previous Publications

Sufi Women:The Journey Towards the Beloved
Collected Essays

belovedThis book is the first volume of a series dedicated to the life stories and works of the Sufi women, in this case written by the women themselves. This first volume forms a collection of the writings of selected Sufi women of the present time, from four different cultures and six different Sufi turuq and Orders.
114 pages.; $11.00

The Veil: Hijab

VeilThe Sufi Women Organization presents this compilation of the work of women writers on the subject of the veil: hijab. This book in its entirety includes many scholarly presentations on this most important topic. It makes a significant contribution to the history and understanding of women and the veil. The SWO, a humanitarian, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization, has been created to introduce, disseminate, honor and acknowledge, with Divine Guidance the contribution and service of Sufi Women to the world civilization. The essence of the human being, regardless of gender or color, time or place, has been regarded as reverent and respectful by teachers of humanity. Such magnificence is learned. Sufi Women Organization has come together to support, protect and educate for such learning. This book is an important source of education and learning that benefits humanity by providing knowledge and encouraging freedom of choice among all women.
134 pages; $25.00

Women’s Wisdom: Women in Action
Papers from the Women’s Interfaith Conference

WisdomThis is a compilation of selected presentations by several speakers at the Annual Sufi Women Organization Women’s Interfaith Conference on the general topic of Ethics and Values. It is a most important contribution to women and all humanity because it brings together women of different faith traditions whose work reflects a united vision of ethics and values. As Dr. Nahid Angha writes: ” A human being is the essence of societies, cultures and nations and each one is the foundation of a civilization. Every human being is a universe and every woman is a teacher of that universe. She is the one who holds the key to a just or corrupt society, as she is the first teacher of any leader.” These women writers express their faith and belief in ethics and values that serve to unite humanity.
31 pages; $20.00

Sufi Women Cookbook
By Members of the Sufi Women Organization

CookbookThe vision for the Sufi Women Cookbook is that it contain the recipes, poems, and stories of Sufi Women. In addition to connecting voices and recipes from around the world, all profits from the cookbook will support SWO projects: including literacy work, global awareness, prison work, and library expansion. The Sufi Women Cookbook contains over 90 recipes and a special section with Children’s Favorites.

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