As a Western woman living in Indonesia, I make new observations every day. In actual fact, I am an Australian woman, of Indian decent, born in a Hindu family, with no religious conviction myself, so I guess my perspective is more than merely a “Westerner’s”.
There are many misperceptions of Islam in the West. Some of those misperceptions, I believe, come about because we are often too afraid to even broach the subject of Islam. (more…)