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Our Moslem Sisters: A Cry of Need from Lands of Darkness Interpreted by Those Who Heard It
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Our Moslem Sisters: A Cry of Need from Lands of Darkness Interpreted by Those Who Heard It

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Fleming H. Revell 1907

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Each chapter in this volume about the plight of Muslim women was written by female missionaries stationed in various parts of the Middle East—with the exception of three: the chapter on Turkestan is by a Muslim convert, and two chapters from Yemen and Central Sudan were written by medical missionaries. These first-hand accounts about the everyday lives of women in the Middle East take the reader “behind the veil” while also relating the challenges that missionaries faced at the turn of the twentieth century.

Nicknamed the “Apostle to Islam,” for nearly 40 years Samuel M. Zwemer lived and worked in the Middle East, preaching the Gospel of Jesus and training hundreds of missionaries. Founder and editor of The Moslem World, Zwemer—familiar with the land, language, and people of Islam—provided a window into a growing religion and culture that few Westerners knew. Zwemer’s legacy as one of the finest Christian scholars of Islam is still recognized today.

In the Logos edition, all Scripture passages in Arabia: The Cradle of Islam are tagged and appear on mouse-over. What’s more, Scripture references are linked to the wealth of language resources in your Logos library. If you own the English and Arabic Qur’an, you can follow along with Zwemer in his analysis of Islamic doctrine and his studies comparing Islam to Christianity. This makes these texts more powerful and easier to access than ever before for scholarly work or personal Bible study.

Key Features

  • Investigates cultural conditions of Muslim women
  • Written by female missionaries stationed throughout the Middle East
  • Offers insight into the challenges faced by missionaries at the turn of the twentieth century


  • Hagar and Her Sisters
  • Egypt, the Land of Bondage
  • Prom Under the Yoke of Social Evils
  • The Women of Egypt Once More
  • Behind the Opening Door in Tunis
  • “Not Dead, Only Dry”
  • Light in Darkest Morocco
  • Mohammedan Women in the Central Soudan
  • A Story from East Africa
  • Our Arabian Sisters
  • Women’s Life in the Yemen
  • Pen-and-Ink Sketches in Palestine
  • Once More in Palestine
  • Mohammedan Women in Syria
  • Behind the Lattice in Turkey
  • A Voice from Bulgaria
  • Darkness and Daybreak in Persia
  • Darkness and Daybreak in Persia (Part II)
  • The Condition of Mohammedan Women in Baluchistan
  • In Southern India
  • The Mohammedan Women of Turkestan
  • In Far-off Cathay
  • Our Moslem Sisters in Java
  • The Mohammedan Women of Malaysia
  • “What Wilt Thou Have Me to Do?”

Praise for the Print Edition

From the hearts of heroic women, who know whereof they speak, come story after story of these hidden lives. The veiled women and girls of Islam pass before us so vividly that we feel that we can almost touch them, and the beautiful illustrations are eloquent with the same impression of a misery so deep and so hopeless that they must be saved.

The Missionary Review of the World

No one can read this sad story of darkness and wrong without recognizing a duty toward the women of the East.

The Outlook

Our Moslem Sisters is an appeal to the Christian Church on behalf of millions of women who lie under the heel of Islam, a condition more pitiless and difficult than savagery and farther removed from visions of holiness and sound of heavenly voices.

Women’s Work

The cry of distress is also a cry of pain. The testimony given by missionary workers in that wonderful book, Our Moslem Sisters, is full of pathos and unveils conditions that are heartrending.

Woman’s Missionary Friend

Product Details

  • Title: Our Moslem Sisters: A Cry of Need from Lands of Darkness Interpreted by Those Who Heard It
  • Editors: Annie van Sommer and Samuel M. Zwemer
  • Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company
  • Publication Date: 1907
  • Pages: 299

About Samuel M. Zwemer

Samuel Marinus Zwemer (1867–1952) was born in Vriesland, Michigan and educated at Hope College, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, Muskingham College, and Rutgers College. Zwemer served as a missionary in the Middle East from 1891–1929 where he earned his nickname “The Apostle to Islam.” In 1929, he was appointed professor of missions and professor of the history of religion at Princeton Theological Seminary. He retired from Princeton College Seminary at the age of 70.

Zwemer was the founder and edited The Moslem World for 35 years and the author of dozens of books, articles, essays, and periodicals—mostly revolving around missionary work and Islam.