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Islam, Women and Feminism

Women Provide ‘Spiritual Security’ in Morocco
Samantha Harrington
Women Provide ‘Spiritual Security’ in Morocco
Samantha Harrington

After 9/11 shook the world, Moroccan leaders began to think, “It could happen here,” and it did. In 2003, a dozen suicide bombers with ties to al-Qaida blew themselves up in Casablanca, Morocco’s economic center. Now the country knew firsthand the trauma of terrorism. In response, Moroccan leaders came up with an idea dedicated to foiling religion-based violence by using religion itself…….

 
Afghan Policewoman, Pregnant Teacher Hanged
Fawzia Koofi
Afghan Policewoman, Pregnant Teacher Hanged
New Age Islam News Bureau

Winner of College Pageant Faces Shia Leaders’ Wrath

Ugandan MPs Pass Law to ban Miniskirts

Egypt's Muslim Sisterhood Put At Forefront of Protests in Bid to Gain Public Sympathy

Mohammad Most Popular Name for Glasgow Babies In 2013

Sri Lankan Maid’s Daughter Gets College Scholarship in Dubai

Fawzia Koofi, the Female Politician Who Wants To Lead Afghanistan

Hijab: A Woman's Rite Of Passage in Iran

Turkish Women Wear Hijab in Parliament after 14-Year Ban

UN-Arab League Peace Envoy Urges Release of Syrian Women Rights Activists

Brighton High School students embrace diversity by wearing Islamic headscarf for whole day

Inter-Marriages: Rare Disease Causes Family of 8 to Lose Sight in Pakistan

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 

The campaign against so-called “gender segregation” has been characterised by hysteria, misrepresentation and outright lies. Given the prominent role played in stirring up the controversy by extremist organisations like Student Rights and One Law for All (one of whose leading figures was recently forced to resign after the exposure of her links with the far right), that is hardly surprising…..

France's Burqa Ban Gets New Scrutiny in European Court
Haifa and Noura Leading Thinnkers
France's Burqa Ban Gets New Scrutiny in European Court
New Age Islam News Bureau

Fiqh Academy of Maldives Reveals Opinion on Abortion

Bali Gears Up To Be Top Wedding Destination

Two Arab Women In List Of ‘Leading Global Thinkers’

Alarm Rises For Afghan Women Prisoners After Western Troops Leave

Women Are the Real Victims of the Arab Spring

Tanzania: 'TV Plays Greatly Contribute to Marginalisation of Women'

Saudi Women Employed As Janitors at SR1, 500

Desi Entertainers Proudly Tribute 'Women Of Today'

Afghan Woman Flown To Turkey after Husband 'Slices Off Her Nose'

Uganda Commended For Fighting Gender Based Violence

Aisha's Story - How Grassroots Education Can Change Perceptions of HIV/Aids in Nigeria

Yemen: 'Nothing Much Has Changed For Women'

Yemeni Dad Demands 1 Mln Facebook Likes As Dowry for His Daughter

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 

When you take a walk in the streets of Sanaa, the women you see are covered in black from head-to-toe. That is why the whole world took notice when Yemeni women were at the forefront of the demonstrations that eventually ousted long-time president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, and brought in a new government……

 
Turkish Female Deputies Protest Use of ‘Obscene’ Language in Parliament
Misbah Syed a first-year student of MBBS
Turkish Female Deputies Protest Use of ‘Obscene’ Language in Parliament
New Age Islam News Bureau

Yemen's Women Struggle To Reap Benefits of Arab Spring

Pakistani Teacher ‘Thrashes’ Girl after Argument on Veil

Nigeria: Women's Associations Appeals to Schools over Hijab

38 Arrested In Tanzania for Female Genital Mutilation: Mayor

Resolution of Domestic Abuse Cases Raises Rights Concerns in Saudi Arabia

Shops Can’t Find Saudi Women Dressmakers

Expatriate Female Teachers in Dilemma over Iqama Transfer Issue

First Saudi Woman to Earn PhD from KAUST

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 

Women must struggle against all formalist dictatorships: both those that impose the headscarf without belief in the practice coming from the heart and those that imagine all objectified female bodies fit into a size six dress; those that compel women to stay at home for religious reasons and those that send them back home after the age of 45 for aesthetic reasons…..

 

......we should celebrate feminism's various triumphs: women everywhere spoke out against rape culture, Wendy Davis kicked some serious ass on the Texas Senate floor, ultra-precocious 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai gave a speech at the United Nations, and the Solidarity is for White Women hashtag on Twitter got people all hot and bothered, and caused many of us to have important and difficult conversations…..

 

Mumbai Sunni Cleric Says Avoid e-Chat, Women’s Groups See Red

MP Underlines Iranian Women's Eye-Catching Growth in Various Fields

Modern-Day Bhopal, under the 'Veil', For Different Reasons

10th class topper attributes success to Islam

In Tanzania, Maasai Women Who Reject FGM Are Refused As Brides

Emirates Women Police Association Encourages Women to Contribute Socially and Culturally

U.N. Women Launches First Database Mapping Gender Provisions In Constitutions

Nigerian Lawyer Defends Human Rights of Women in West Africa

Ex-Playboy Bunny Defends Decision to Don Hijab Despite Being Non-Muslim

White Widow Samantha Lewthwaite linked to Kenya grenade

Freedoms for Saudi University Girls End At Gates

Ex-Husband Found Guilty Of Killing Pashtun Singer Ghazala Javed

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 
New Law to Set Marital Age Of Consent in Saudi Arabia At 18
Malala Yousafzai
New Law to Set Marital Age Of Consent in Saudi Arabia At 18
New Age Islam News Bureau

Oman Best GCC Country for Women to Live In: Survey

Malala Figures among Washington Post’s 15 Top Women

Canada Should Condemn Efforts to Roll Back Afghan Women’s Gains

Dubai Bomb Threat Woman Pleads Not Guilty

HEC Paris Organizes Leadership and Entrepreneurship Workshop for Women in Qatar

EU Parliamentarians Visiting Iran Meet Female MPs

Off-Broadway Play on Iraq's War Women Comes To City

Malaysian women team wins karate's seventh gold

British Women Support Thalassaemia Patients through Fundraiser

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 

‘Land Distribution among Women Reducing Cases of Domestic Violence’, In Pakistan

All-Women Eatery Opens in Taif

College Women Tunisia Have Diverse Opinions on Islamic Dress

Saudi Scholarship Student Rescues 3 Saudi Women from House Fire in Indiana, USA

Despite Their Absence, Rural Pakistani Women Impress Through Work

Burqa and Pakistani Women

DI Khan By-Polls: Women Prevented From Voting In Garhi Shamozai

Muslim Girls of Palanpur, India, Take To Martial Arts for Empowerment

First Ever School For Muslim Girls in Mumbai to Turn 75

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 
In Taking Jobs, Women Take On a Saudi Taboo
France's Burqua Ban
In Taking Jobs, Women Take On a Saudi Taboo
New Age Islam News Bureau

French Panel: Let Muslims Wear Head Scarves in School

Muslim Woman Challenging France's Burqua Avoids Being 'A Sign of Islamisation'

2 Saudi Women Arrested For Driving

Forums to Help Women Build Cohesive Families

Over 5,000 Turkish Women Applied For Help Due To Violence in 2012: Ministry

England Women's Team Demands Gender Test on Pakistan Players

Universities UK Withdraws Advice on Gender Segregation in Lectures

Women Islamists Challenge Egypt’s Army-Backed Rule

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 
A Secret History of Women’s Freedom
Gillian Tett
A Secret History of Women’s Freedom
Gillian Tett

....what the long-forgotten Silk Road tale also shows is that women’s status and rights can sometimes change, even in unexpected places; the west does not have a monopoly on promoting gender reform. More important still, campaigns to improve women’s rights never occur in a vacuum; they shake the nails of our social structures too. Which is what can sometimes make the issue so exhilarating, emotive and deeply challenging – in the modern world as in 1920s Samarkand….

 

That We women, notwithstanding a small number of exceptions, were made for and are naturally suited to fulfil roles like those of a nurse, a cook, a seamstress, a washerwoman, all of which can (or must) be taken up within the secure boundaries of the house. And leave the world outside to be run by men, as disastrously as can be seen all around us! Really?....

 
Disadvantaged Saudi Women, yet They Call Us “Queens”
Candemir Çelik Headscarved Lawmaker
Disadvantaged Saudi Women, yet They Call Us “Queens”
New Age Islam News Bureau

Child Marriage a Taboo For Turkey, Dutch Princess Says

UNICEF Award for Nine Brave Indian Young Girls

Our Borderline Is Driving Quad Bikes: Saudi Women

Hijab Liberated Me: Malaysian Playboy Model

Headscarved Women Can Become Turkish Ambassadors

Private Firms Open the Door to Saudi Women

Headscarved Lawmaker Takes the Floor for First Time at Turkish Parliament

Dearths Of Muslim Career Women

Turkish Fashion Label Wins Islamic Art Prize

Montana Woman Admits Pushing Husband off A Cliff to His Death

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 

Every colleague I spoke to was supportive. And since that first day wearing the Hijab, I have been wearing it at Concordia, in my workplace, every working day since. Some students seem surprised. I’m not sure if they think this is what a professor should be doing, or if they believe that it is an inappropriate action for a non-Muslim….

Skydiving: Aseefa Zardari 'Jumps For Humanity'
Aseefa Zardari
Skydiving: Aseefa Zardari 'Jumps For Humanity'
New Age Islam News Bureau

Release of Alexandria Girls Sparks More Controversy

Baroness Warsi arrives in Dhaka

Demand for Women-Only Buses in Istanbul

In Afghanistan, Women's Progress in Freefall

League in Harmony As Girls Take To the Field in Australia

Political Will Needed to Tackle Violence against Women and Children in Africa

Tanzania: FGM - When Women Suffer in the Name of Tradition

Parents Worry over Invasion of Children’s Privacy from Online Learning, Says Survey

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 

Perhaps surprisingly, Gangat tells me she rarely receives any criticism or complaints about what is broadcast, or the nature of the topics talked about. "Of course it's a challenge, but we are very sensitive to the environment we're in. We're trying to create a gradual evolution – [male] taxi drivers, public transport workers – they all listen to us."....

 
Law Students of Saudi Arabia Raise Awareness on Abuse Laws
Afghan student Farishta Hellali
Law Students of Saudi Arabia Raise Awareness on Abuse Laws
New Age Islam News Bureau

‘State Of Women in the Pakistan Punjab Is Deplorable’

Somalia Court Sentences 'Rape Victim'

UNFPA calls for review of judicial practices surrounding sexual behaviour in the Maldives

Key trial challenges legality of French veil ban

Watchdog fines Turkey’s ‘Desperate Housewives’ over sexual innuendo

Why the UK Needs To Help Deliver on Women’s Rights in Afghanistan

Pak Government Urged To Eradicate Discrimination against Women

One Billion Rising’s Bid To End Violence Against Women

5 Great Female Human Rights Activists in MENA

Arab Ambassadors' Wives Visit Needy Beijing Children

Top NGOs Failing Middle Eastern Women

Afghan Student from the University Of Bath Wants To Help Rebuild Her Country

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 
In Afghanistan, Women Betrayed
Heather Barr
In Afghanistan, Women Betrayed
Heather Barr

For vulnerable Afghan women, things are only getting worse. One recently proposed law revision would ban victims of crime from testifying against family members — effectively preventing all prosecutions for domestic violence and forced or underage marriage....

Muslims should abandon or compromise their beliefs, but, it is about being consistent, practical and realistic with our efforts to positively integrate and contribute while being faithful to our unique religious identity. Most, if not all Muslims living in the UK consider Britain to be their home; this is where they were born and Allāh knows best if they will also die here; therefore we must behave and carry ourselves in a manner that is conducive to our faith and our context……

 
Afghan Police Rescue Woman from Taliban Stoning
Rukhsana Khan
Afghan Police Rescue Woman from Taliban Stoning
New Age Islam News Bureau

Egypt's Women: Covered-up or Locked-up

'Sexual Violence a Crisis in Sudan' - Victims of Rape Speak Out

A Step Forward: Women to Be Part of First Reconciliatory Jirga

More Than 60 Women Raped or Killed in Bangladesh: Activists Worried Over Tribes’ Rights Violations

One-Wife Rule Hits Arab Homeowners In Turkey

Fox News Freaks over Swim Class for Muslim Girls

England: State Schools 'Making Gender Bias Worse'

Rukhsana Khan: Uniting World through Children

American Teen Arrested For Harassing Women

16 Honoured With Arab Woman Awards 2013

MOL: Businesswomen Can Recruit Housekeepers Now

Pakistan Women Kabaddi Team Secures Place In World Cup Semifinal

Conference on women, peace and social harmony In Pakistan

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 
Egypt's Trouble with Women
Alaa Al Aswany
Egypt's Trouble with Women
Alaa Al Aswany

Why is it that men did not harass Egyptian women when they wore short skirts but that sexual harassment has increased against women in head scarves? When ultraconservative doctrine dehumanizes women, reducing them to objects, it legitimizes acts of sexual aggression against them.....

From exhibitions and seminars that tout hackneyed phrases like "beyond the veil" and or calls to feminist arms from western "sisters" who want to free the oppressed Muslim woman, there seems little real interest in the intricacies of the lives of Muslim women. For the most part, these nods to Muslim women's humanity seem piecemeal and tokenistic…….

 

Throughout the Muslim world, a groundswell of feminist sentiment is growing among women who are seeking to reclaim Islam and the Quran for themselves. For decades, many women believed they had to choose between their Muslim identity and their belief in gender equality. It was an impossible choice—one that involved betraying either their faith or their feminist consciousness. Four years ago, a global movement called Musawah—“equality” in Arabic—began to make the case that women can fight for justice and equality from within Islamic tradition. For many Muslim women, this came as a revelation…….



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