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Islam, Women and Feminism

Does Gender Just Interpretation of Islam Make Women Rebellious?
Mushtaq Ul Haq Ahmad Sikander, New Age Islam

Does Gender Just Interpretation of Islam Make Women Rebellious?
Mushtaq Ul Haq Ahmad Sikander, New Age Islam

Rights of women began to diminish soon after the death of Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), who was the greatest emancipator of women rights. Various pretexts and excuses were used to curb the rights of women. Fake Ahadith were attributed to Holy Prophet (pbuh), that were completely in contrast with the gender just rulings of the Quran, his personality and were openly misogynistic in their connotations….

US Looks To Empower African Women to Be Agents of Peace

Pak Teen rescued from prostitution ring in Dubai

A Pakistani Father Hacks Daughter to Death for Working in a Beauty Parlour

Man Charged With Hate Crime against Muslim Woman

Teenager Wins a Seat in Uganda's Parliament

Torture of Kids Case: Emirati Father, Girlfriend Found Mentally Sound

Muslim Woman 'Beaten In Brutal Exorcism by Family

Gujarat’s Social Worker-Turned-Politician Fighting for Muslim Women

Honour Killing Case: 10 Year Imprisonment for Three in Family

Woman Takes Command of ISS after Crew Return

Saudi Women Have Proven Themselves in Leadership Roles

Weaving together love, terrorism and religion

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Teenager Wins a Seat in Uganda's Parliament


A Woman’s Clothing Is Her Own Business
Tazeen Javed

Barring random news items and a few opinion pieces, the hijab debate has never really been part of the national narrative of Pakistan. Those who wanted to wear hijab/niqab/burqa wore it and those who preferred the traditional Shalwar Quameez and Dupatta chose that without any problem. Unlike Saudi Arabia, Iran or Turkey, there never was governmental coercion or pressure on women to wear a particular type clothing...

You Poor, Oppressed Hijabi!
Zainab Khawaja

I struggle with understanding and interpreting my faith, and I struggle with the world around me, as many men and women around the world do, regardless of whether they are Bahai, Christian, Zoroastrian, Hindu or Jewish. I do, however, have a very strong underlying faith in Islam, and in God. I remember, as I walked into Mrs Mattson’s second grade homeroom, I thought to myself,....They must be looking at me because my hijab is so cool!...

Female Bomber Kills 12 in Kabul to Avenge Film

Iranian Cleric Beaten Up By 'Badly Veiled' Woman

Thai Women Rescued From Sex Trafficking Ring in Bahrain

Roman Catholic Run School Relents On Use of Veils by Muslim Female Students

3-Year-Old Becomes Victim of Parents’ Quarrel

An Ethiopian Maid Accused of Killing Her Newborn Charged With Murder

Threatened: Gang Rape Victim Fears For Her Life

UAE Couples Want Ban on Ethiopia Maids Ended

Saudi Mourns Death of Mother of Prince Khalid Bin Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz

Blasphemy Case: Submit Charge-Sheet in Rimsha Case, Police Told

Abu Dhabi Hospital Announces Establishment of Breast Imaging Centre

Kuwait State Minister Hails Decision to Appoint Women as Judges

The Veil, the Quran, and the Muslim Women's Movement

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Thailand girls fall victim sex trafficking to Bahrain

Attempt to marry a minor girl with a 40-year old man foiled

Muslim Anger at 'Barbaric' Female Genital Mutilation

Sexual Harassment in Egypt Escalates

Aceh Teenage Suicide Puts Focus on Sexist Laws

Fundamental Feminism: Iranian University Ban on Women in Almost 80 Programs

Canada to Promote Gay, Women's Rights in Foreign Policy

Girl Injured In Alps Attack Returning Home: UK Police

Same Election Rules For Women in Saudi Arabia

Women ‘More Vulnerable’ to Vote-Buying in Jakarta

Kate Middleton's Headscarf Recalls Princess Diana Circa 1996: Fashion Flashback

Help! She Wants To Force Me into Marrying Her Son

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Aceh Teenage Suicide Puts Focus on Sexist Laws

Western Wives of Saudis Say New Citizenship System ‘Unfair’

Teacher Accused of Molesting Teen during Lesson in Dubai

Prince Sultan of Saudi Arabia Stresses Women’s Role in Society

Actress Says Was Duped, As Anti-Islam Film Details Emerge

Muslim Woman Sentenced In Russia over Extremist Article

Four Members Inquiry Committee to Probe the Case of a Girl Forced To Marry an Old Man

Girl’s Death: Seven Pest Control Men Caught in Sharjah

Muslim Women's Groups Warn Of Salafist Threat

A Bahraini Mother, Six Children Forced To Live In Rented Car

Women Groups Reject International Tobacco Event

A Woman's Place Is In the Mosque

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: 13-year-old girl being forced by a jirga to marry an old man


When a major news outlet describes a high-profile case of convicted rape and sexual assault as a “sex scandal,” that blurs the boundaries between the public perception of rape and sex and both glamorizes and sensationalizes the serious crime being described. When an internationally renowned paper describes a Ugandan rape survivor as “beautiful, sitting there with her scarred cinnamon brown skin,” or tells how “her lips shine with a natural gloss”…


The Myth of How the Hijab Protects Women against Sexual Assault
Josh Shahryar

My sister, Neelo, who is five years older than me, was enrolled in a Saudi-funded Muslim Brotherhood-inspired public school for Afghan refugees. She, like many Muslim women, wore a simple headscarf. “The guards told me, ‘Either you are going to wear the full hijab or wear a chador [an Afghan burqa], or you can't come to school.’” The school she was going to was run by archconservatives....

2 Year Jail and Rs One Lac Suggested As Least Punishment in Pakistan for Child Marriage

Rape, Murder of Niece: Rapist Says Actions Were Motivated By a Fictional Character

Pakistan: ‘To Stop Child Marriages, State Needs to Step In’

Iran Jails 2 Women Journalists Raising The No. To 5

Syrian Women Hunger Strikers Demand 'Action, Not Speeches' From Egypt's Morsi

Pakistan's Generation Y Battles to Shape Country's Future

14-Year-Old Rimsha Moved To Undisclosed Place

Rimsha case: Senate chides police for haste in blasphemy FIR

Activists Protest for the Inclusion of Women's Rights in the Egyptian Constitution

Writer tried to stop Vogue profile of Syria's first lady

Female Jockeys Offered Driving Incentive in Final Leg in Abu Dhabi

42% of Unemployed Women in KSA Support the Idea of Working in the Retail Sector

Nigerian Takes Woman Advocate to Court Accusing Of Hate Speech

Qatar Businesswomen Forum to discuss key issues on women

Bangladesh: Women's Leadership Forum Opens at Asian University for Women

Indonesia ban women’s pair after Olympic scandal

Gambia: Women in Politics Initiative Launched

South Africa: Women Called To Play Their Part in Strengthening Democracy

Fiza Mohammad Died Of Poisoning: Post-Mortem Report

Natalie du Toit captures Women’s 200m IM gold – 2012 Paralympic Games

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Jila Baniyagoob

Unveiling Of a Veiling Culture
Tuan M Zameer Careem

Women who lived at the time of the holy prophet were not forcibly made to clad in heavily hooded and veiled clothes, but Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) promoted modesty amongst female believers and created a secure environment where the dignity, chastity, liberty and rights of women were ensured. Many of the ancient laws and ultimatums drawn by the holy prophet, has been wrought by the male chauvinists of today, as a result of political repression and terrorism based atrocities....

'I Saved My Honour': Mother Shoots and Decapitates Rapist
Nevin Yildirim

Jirga’s Verdict: Another Teenage Girl May Forcibly Be Married to an Old Man

Two Teenage Girls among 18 Held in Tawau, Malaysia

Saudis Report Some Domestic Workers Prey On Elderly Employers

Malaysia: Police Widen the Net in Sex Trafficking Investigation

Malaysia Man Who Beat up Pregnant Wife Says He’s Sorry, Accuses Infidelity

‘Pak Christian Blasphemy Girl Did Not Leave Her Home on Day of Incident’

Gender Mixing Sparks Controversy at Saudi All-Women University

Freed Pakistani Christian Girl 'Will Need Armoured Vehicle to Protect Her'

Codified Shariah Laws on Women’s Rights

Iranian Female Athletes Find Their Way

Militants Attack Girls School in Swabi

Family of Girls Who Survived Alps Killings Arrive In France

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Nevin Yildirim: Mother shoots and decapitates rapist 

Hundreds of “Imprisoned Muslim and Christian Women” In Amsterdam

Saudi- Shoura Council to Have 30 Women

Utah Muslim Making Her Mark in Charlotte

Hijab-Wearing Newscaster Causes Stir in Egypt

Baroness Warsi's Departure from the Cabinet Comes As No Surprise

First Practising Female Muslim Crown Attorney Wants To Carve Her Own Niche

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Utah Muslim Making Her Mark in Charlotte


Modest Hijabi by Day and Savvy-Liberal by Night
Arfa Ezazi

What is more disturbing is that approximately three of every five of these religious madams I’ve come across, offer prayers about once a day – often before exams and never during holidays. It may no longer come as a surprise that a bigger fraction of these ladies, who are from considerably respectable backgrounds, indulge in illegitimate relationships with men from their universities or over the internet....


Palestinians chip away at male divorce monopoly
Rofi Eka Shanty

Despite 'false charges', no bail for Pak blasphemy girl

Modern Kazakhstan women do not rush to get married

Hijab-wearing woman hosts World Muslimah Beauty contest

First veiled news anchor appears on Egyptian state TV

‘Serial bride’ who conned men nabbed in Bangalore

Iraqi fashion police up in arms against ‘skimpy’ clothes

Tajik Women Struggle For Hijab

From MTV to Mecca’: True inspiring story of Kristiane Backer

Nigeria: Breastfeeding Medically, Spiritually Good for Infants

Telluride Film Festival: Haifaa Mansour's tough path to 'Wadjda'

Peachtree City woman honoured with White House invite at Iftar

Penniless mother sells off three daughters for Rs.185

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Hijab-wearing woman hosts World Muslimah Beauty contest


Blasphemy case: Imam arrested for 'implicating' Christian girl and blasphemy

More than 20,000 Saudi women apply for industrial jobs

Saudi Shoura 'unanimous' on mandatory women's ID

Rimsha's mother request to change lawyer

Women tied to electricity pole in Pakistan for trying to steal clothes

Synthetic Hijabs Get Under Tajik Women's Skin

We’ll Empower Women For A Better Nation, Says National Women Affairs Secretary of Nigeria

Indian Muslims bear the brunt of faulty scholarship schemes

New lawmakers in Myanmar learn the limits of their freedom and power

Indian women visit Pakistan, thankful for husbands' release

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Blasphemy case: Imam arrested for 'implicating' Christian girl

Many Yemeni women are still living below the poverty line and living under the influence of domestic violence, according to international reports issued by Yemeni civil society organizations. Women in Yemen suffer from poverty, violence and several other obstacles, which prevent them of being effective members of society. Training courses and programs help them become involved with developing their society.


Resilience Amidst Conflict: Women Of Kashmir
Zainab Akhter
In armed conflict, the experiences of women are varied. From victims to survivors, and from peace-builders to perpetrators of conflict, the categories of classification are indeed numerous. In the context of the conflict in Kashmir, however, what are the new opportunities that have been created for them? And what are their roles in it?


Female bomber kills Islamic scholar among seven as Putin urges calm

Muslim clerics urge fairness for Rimsha Masih

Lawyers Seek the Release of a Christian Girl Charged With Blasphemy in Pakistan

Nigerian church bans towering headwraps

Heavily made-up girl in a hijab provokes storm of complaints as BBC is accused of insulting Muslims with new sitcom Citizen Khan

Nato names ‘ambassador for women’

School blown up in Swabi: Pakistan

Dr Afia’s illegal detention creating anti-US feelings: Malik

Indian woman confined in Pak for 12 yrs

Faheem's wife elated over his acquittal by SC in 26/11 attack

Women's commission gets teeth after 12 years

Corrie family loses case; deeply troubled over Israel ruling

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Muslim clerics urge fairness for Rimsha Masih


The Politics of Veils, ‘Polleras' And Mini-Skirts
Manuela Picq

What a difference a piece of cloth makes. Indigenous' polleras, or Muslim headscarves tend be read as signs of poverty and subjugation whereas a mini-skirt usually asserts a woman's emancipation. Of course, women’s rights do not reside in dress. Yet the way one dresses has political significance. A mini-skirt or a headscarf can both be symbols of oppression or emancipation, depending on the context.


Saudi Women Urgently Need Equal Rights
Dr. Khalid Alnowaiser

As one of the Arab poets said, “A mother is a school; preparing her is like preparing a good nation.” So, is the status of Saudi women normal or not? The answer is clear: Saudi women do not possess anything close to equal human rights with men. The obvious reason is not simply cultural; it is pushed by some religious figures who are restricting women’s lives through a style called “management by fear”.

‘Lost in Translation’
Taslima Nasreen

Thousands of writers who write in regional languages remain unknown. Writers who came from the Indian subcontinent and write in English – like Salman Rushdie, Amitava Ghosh, Arundhuti Roy, Jhumpa Lahiri – are praised by Western readers. Do they write better than other writers in the subcontinent? I do not think so. It is the language that makes them understood and praised by the readers. You can be a famous writer all over the world if only you write in a dominant language.

The Arab Spring’s Backward Leap For Women
Hoda Badran

Islamist groups won majorities in both the Tunisian and Egyptian parliaments. Draft legislation that reflects a restrictive interpretation of sharia (Islamic law), particularly concerning women’s status, is now being submitted for debate in Tunisia. And there seems to be a clear intention in many Arab countries to allow unrestricted polygamy, for example, even where it was prohibited prior to the Arab Spring.


Iran's War on Female Doctors and Male Nurses

Iran Barring Women From Atomic, Oil Fields Draws Rebuke

'Perpetual' power cuts leading to 'painful' divorces in Egypt

Gaza 'not consulted' over reforms to divorce law

Pak told of India's concern over abduction of Hindu girls

Pakistani Christian girl accused of blasphemy denied meeting with lawyer

President attributes UNESCO literacy award to women empowerment

Lipscomb speaker addresses Americans' misconceptions about Islam, women's rights

World Bank MD Sri Mulyani on Forbes’ Most Powerful Women List for Fourth Time

Abduction of girl: Court orders arrest warrants for Chiniot DPO, SHO

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Gaza 'not consulted' over reforms to divorce law


Aasra: A Hope for Destitute Muslim Women
Nigar Ataulla

Aasra struck me as a cheerful, neatly-maintained place. Little girls flitted in and out of the room where I sat waiting for Sajeeda, while old women squatted on chairs sunning themselves. Sajeeda entered and introduced herself, and I felt immediately at ease. Cheerful and simple, she seemed the sort of person one can get along with at the very outset itself. She handed over a bunch of leaflets about Aasra and I skimmed through them....

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