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Islam, Women and Feminism

Mosques in Sweden Tell Women: Polygamy is Sometimes Acceptable
Badminton Drops Skirts-only Rule for Women

Malaysian First Lady:  women are capable of turning negatives into positives

Badminton Drops Skirts-only Rule for Women

Edo State governor denies impregnating 16-year old girl

Malaysia: Lori Anne at 6, is youngest ever in National Spelling Bee

Maldives has solid framework for women’s rights, but numbers still disturbing

Christians and Muslims Campaign against Muslim Women’s Soccer Headdress

Pak woman 'poisons' husband and minor daughters, Killing two of them

Afghan poisoning scares: Mass hysteria stemming from fear of the Taliban?

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Photo: Badminton Drops Skirts-only Rule for Women


The media usually salivates and greedily laps up stories of “Islam oppressed me, but now I'm liberated! Let's celebrate!” by women who choose to give up religion. Which is what made the Open Page article, “Under the veil, we are free souls!'' by Jumana Haseen Rahim, a pleasant surprise. While the Taslima Nasreens of the world hog the limelight with their views and definitions of freedom, it is rare.....

Qatari Olympic women athletes spotlight Wahhabi schism

Pak Tribal Council Sentences four women and two men to death for singing and dancing at a wedding

Dream of motherhood: The world’s first womb transplant in Turkey

Christian Jordanian woman refuses to wear head cover, loses her Job

Mohabbat-e-Sindh rally Victim dies Defending Herself in Karachi

Egypt's belly dancing troupes, Dancing with Brothers

Yet another acid attack in Pakistan

Attack on Afghan School Girls Could be Cases of Mass Hysteria

Taliban deny poison attacks on girls' schools

Afghan woman pushes for rights from behind the wheel

19-year-old German woman enslaved for years in Bosnia

Role of Islam in ‘the making up’ of Rabiya, An iron woman of South India

Lady Gaga show cancelled after Islamist protests in Indonesia

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Photo: Qatari sprinter Noor al-Malki


Arabic school in New Delhi forced to drop plan to admit girls

Pakistan acid women fear backlash over Oscar film

‘British Pakistani victim of “honour killing “previously drank bleach’

Women in the Muslim World Need Genuine Reform

Islamic Society Rejects Family Law that Protects Women’s Rights in Bahrain

Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Cultures to Reach Larger Audience

Belly Dancers in Egypt Worry About Possible Islamist Takeover

Pak eases rules for married Hindu women to obtain ID cards

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Photo: Pakistan acid women fear backlash over Oscar film


Circumcise Women for a nominal fee, Muslim Brotherhood’s gift!

More than 120 schoolgirls suffer from ‘Poison attack' in Afghanistan

Veil ban increased hostility towards Muslim women in France

Hijab as an agreement to be treated like "second-rate human”

The Hijab or the bikini: the shaping of young girls’ sexuality

Jordan bank fires Christian woman for refusing to wear headscarf

Muslim Women & Girls Killed by Islamists

Sharia challenge to Australian women’s rights

Will the Egyptian Muslim Sisters rise to the occasion and get their Human Rights

Cairo's women have lost all their faith in the revolution

Lady Gaga Refuses to Tone Down Her Shows: Manager

Indonesian Maid Spiked Boss' Coffee With Her Menstrual Blood

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Photo: Afghan schoolgirls sick after poison attack by Taliban

Sharia Challenge To Australian Women’s Rights
Stevie Modern

Mr Prad said secular law failed to reflect their faith and urged inclusion of Sharia law for Muslims where it applies to marriage, divorce, contracts and custody in Australia.“We should be allowed to resolve our issues in-house,” Mr Prad said. “We’re a well-established religion and all we’re asking for is to be a self-regulatory mechanism.”

Sudan Sharia Court Sentences Woman To Be Stoned To Death

'White girls are fair game' to some Pakistani men: Top Tory Sayeeda Warsi

Saudi Arabia, Women, and Judicial Reform: Why King Abdullah fired one of the most popular Islamic leaders?

Egyptians debate 'traumatizing tradition' of female circumcision

Maldives ranks 45th best place to be a mother among developing nations

Emirati women and workforce in a clash of culture

Women stand to lose most in Arab Spring

Saudi ban on women’s sports blamed for rising obesity

Rise in female unemployment, growth in gender pay disparity

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Photo: Sudan Sharia Court Sentences Woman


Girls 'Should Stay With Mothers Until Marriage': Judge in Sharjah

Egyptian revolution has failed women

Women in Tunisia have diverse opinions on Islamic dress

U.S. First Lady’s 1776 message guides Arab sisters

Women protesters in Tunisia and Egypt forge forward for human rights

Women in rural areas of U A E assert independence

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Photo: Dahlia Ziada, Egyptian activist for women's rights


The Case For Women
Tasneem Z Faridi

The Case For Women
Tasneem Z Faridi

Now the world's feminists are demanding sexual and reproductive freedom and celebrating human sexuality; they are rejecting gender binaries and demanding rights for lesbians and gays as well as women's right to abort. Feminists in the US, UK and Australia have become strong advocates of a feminism that accepts women in the role of a biological mother, surrogate mother, single or child-free career woman, wife, sex worker, lover, lesbian, bisexual, activist, consumer, girly girl, tomboy, sweetheart, bitch, good girl, princess, or sex symbol….

Jammu and Kashmir: Tales of torture and abuse of women
Salman Nizami

Kalpana Tikku is a Kashmiri Pandit who grew up in Kashmir and has returned to the Valley to work with other women in the hope of bringing about a change in their living conditions. But that, she admitted, will take generations. “They see their mothers being beaten, they see their sisters their aunts, everybody, been beaten and abused” Kalpana said, adding, “So that’s what they expect for themselves.”…

Misogyny In The Middle East: The Real Elephant In The Room
Ali A. Rizvi

A swarm of criticism has been levelled against Mona Eltahawy's recent Foreign Policy cover story on the state of women in the Arab world. The Quran is written in Arabic. And the people of Egypt, the largest Arabic-speaking Muslim country in the world, largely believe it to be the immutable, divine word of God -- Women are not allowed to recite it while they're menstruating. That is how much it's revered....


Tariq Ramadan on Islamic Feminism
Tariq Ramadan

Now, yes we have literature coming from the classical Islamic tradition still obsessed with you as a woman. You have to think about your role as a mother and wife. This is what I’m always saying. We are obsessed in Islamic tradition with speaking about women and the role and the functions in fact within the society which is completely wrong. A woman who decides for herself to wear the headscarf, you cannot say that she is alienated or self-alienated…



World's largest Muslim majority nation slow to grant woman equal rights

Israel: H C confronts Sharia Court over ban on female attorneys

Afghan women fade from White House focus as exit nears

Improved links between Pak, Indonesian women stressed

Egypt's Women Keep Showing Power in Protest

28 percent Saudi women are unemployed

The Muslim women who are excelling at top-level sport

School girls win top prize in geriatric care competition

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Photo: Islamists take arms against Indonesian gender equality bill

Hindu girls abductions: India urges Pakistan to protect minorities rights

Egypt's Lost Daughters; the Abduction of Christian Girls

Depriving women of inheritance violates Islam: Egyptian cleric

Afghan girls’ schools shut down, Taleban blamed

Female Circumcision Still Prevalent Among Some Kurdish Communities'

A First Since Hamas Rule: Gaza Has A Waitress

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Photo: Hindu girls' abduction: India urges Pakistan to protect minorities' rights

Nothing concrete can be stated until Khan takes office and is shown to be able to push for the development issues advocated by his party’s platform.  A comment on PBS’s News Hour may, however address in part his need to maintain reconciliatory links with conservative factions: “We have more radicals in this society. I am considered probably the only nationalist who has credibility here. I’m petrified. If I utter one word, which could be perceived as anti-Islamic or anti-jihad, one word, my life is at risk.”…

Women See Worrisome Shift in Turkey

Stoic and prematurely graying, she said her husband had since kidnapped her mother and stabbed her brother, trying to force them to reveal her whereabouts. She repeatedly turned to the police. But, she said, they chided her to return to her husband. Once, after her husband came to pick her up at the police station, she said she heard an officer advise him to break her legs so she could not escape…..


Hijab is a Sign of Modesty, Not a Security Risk
Ghazala Hayat, M.D. Professor of Neurology

The staff at the jail did not comply with her requests. Members of Council on American-Islamic Relations met with the administrative staff to voice their concern and alluded to the law RLUIPA (Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act) which bars state and local governments from enforcing “a substantial burden on the religious exercise of a person residing in or confined in an institution.”…

Arab societies often appear rigid and resistant to change to outsiders, because what outsiders see is these countries' ruling regimes, which mostly do resist development and change. But this image is nearly the opposite of reality in Arab societies, where enormous dynamism is opening doors to many types of change, albeit at different speeds and in complex, contradictory ways – particularly when change from below is held back from above.


Feminism in the Arab World: The Silent Revolution
Gema Martín Muñoz is Professor of Sociology of the Arab and Islamic World

Consider Arab women. The predominant image is of a passive, exotic and veiled victim-woman who reacts to events instead of actively participating in them. She is an impersonal object of communal stereotypes that sustain cultural prejudices. In fact, Arab societies are engaged in a process of immense and irreversible change in which women are playing a crucial role. …

It is the latest chapter in the sorry tale of women in India, where regressive practices and age-old traditions continue to sit … So, where does it end? It probably doesn't, not even in the India of today that prides itself on its many achievements, its woman president, its woman speaker, its woman leader of opposition and woman chair of the ruling alliance. …

The Wisdom of Women Written out of History

The female of the species is more deadly than the male, cautioned Rudyard Kipling. Given Kipling's love of mythology and prehistoric studies, he should perhaps have added "and smarter". Because of all deities of wisdom across the globe and through known time, the massive majority – 97% – were (or are) female. Mankind, for the vast span of human experience, has worshipped at the shrine not of the god, but the goddess, of wisdom. …

On Being Born a Girl
Aijaz Zaka Syed

On Being Born a Girl
Aijaz Zaka Syed is a Gulf based commentator

Is there anything more beautiful in God’s creation than children? Is there anything more divine than the carefree smile playing on a child’s face, especially if he or she is of your own? There’s something so magical about children that it touches and melts the stoniest of hearts. But even if you aren’t blessed with children, you can’t help stop loving them. Umer Farook, her manly father named after the great Muslim caliph and conqueror, wanted his firstborn to be a male heir to take charge of his kingdom. …



What Changes I would like to See: Saudi Princess Basma Bint Saud Bin Abdul-Aziz
Princess Basma Bint Saud Bin Abdul-Aziz

Princess Basma Bint Saud Bin Abdul-Aziz tells the BBC there are many changes she would like to see in Saudi Arabia - but that now is not the time for women to be allowed to drive. My father established the first women's university in the kingdom, abolished slavery and tried to establish a constitutional monarchy that separates the position of king from that of prime minister. But I am saddened to say that my beloved country today has not fulfilled that early promise. …

Innocent Afreen: Death by Gender
Patralekha Chatterjee

Innocent Afreen: Death by Gender
Patralekha Chatterjee focuses on development issue

Tuesday night, as I was watching the news on television, the macabreness hit me: even as Afreen was struggling for survival, the city’s corporators were spewing rage. The object of their fury was not Afreen’s father who had severely injured his daughter, and wanted her dead, nor the social system which allows such savagery towards little girls. They were outraged at being denied free passes to the Indian Premier League cricket matches. …

Karachi can Learn from Liberian Women
Beena Sarwar is a writer and filmmaker

Every day, for over two years, women numbering in their hundreds, the numbers rising to 2,500 at the movement’s peak, lined the main road, under the blazing hot sun or torrential downpours – many carried umbrellas. They held up cardboard placards saying “No more war”, “We tired running, we want peace”, “Stop the killing”, and so on. …

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