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Islam, Women and Feminism

Saudi Arabian blogger’s ‘prostitute’ gibe sparks furore in ‘blogosphere’

Palestinian town gets new mayor, aged 15

Women’s shopping store blown up in Landikotal

Amnesty International for girl’s protection

WAF slams arrest of disabled Christian girl on ‘blasphemy’ charge

Did Iran Really Just Ban Women From Universities?

Workplace battle continues for Saudi women

Check out this girl crushing it on a skateboard in front of the Bamiyan Buddha craters

Don’t want surgical separation of my daughters, mother of conjoined twins tells SC

Sleepy woman flies Pakistan to France... and back again

Ruling party lawmaker Ambiga Ignores Threats in Fight for Fairer Malaysian Vote

Jacob Zuma says it is not right for women to remain unmarried

S’porean love affair leads to fire

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Palestinian town gets new mayor, aged 15


Iranian Parliament Wants to Legalize Marriage for Girls As Young As 9-Years-Old

Christian Girl’s Blasphemy Arrest Incites a Furor in Pakistan

Muslim asks HPD to revise frisking rules on headscarfs

Girls school blown up in South Waziristan

Government needs to act fast to restore confidence in Hindu population of Pakistan: Pakistan Hindu Council

Palestinian women racers find freedom behind the wheel

Yemeni women say equal rights are compatible with Islam

Women’s continuous struggle for share of Tunisia’s new democracy

UN Panel Concerned Over Tunisia's Draft Constitution That Discriminates Women

The situation of women rights activists in Pakistan

'Honor' murderer boasts of triple killing

Ghanaian teenager shortlisted for $75,000 Anzisha Prize award

Girl who escaped Assad’s army struggles to prove Saudi citizenship

Indonesian LBT Women Exposed to Backlash

Death of Saudi kidnap child's mother not suspicious: police

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Muslim asks HPD to revise frisking rules on headscarfs


Ramadan TV Gently Pushes Saudi Boundaries
Alessandra Stanley

Women are driving in Saudi Arabia. Not on the streets. From beneath a black Hijab and opaque Abaya, glints of the woman’s contempt show through. “Who says my car broke down?” she says coolly. “I’m waiting for my friend.” A matching Barbie-pink car pulls up and two women glide away, leaving the Saudi dolts deflated and agog. It’s a fantasy, of course, a comic trial balloon. “Hush Hush” was created for Ramadan,...


Gender blow: Iran bars women from 70 university courses

State Department Teaching "Women's Rights" to Imams

Twitter alert helps police rescue stolen baby

Egypt police stand by, laugh as women harassed, groped

Blasphemy case: Christians flee Islamabad slum

Arrest of Pakistani girl on blasphemy charges deeply disturbing: US

Women feared kidnap, rape while in Pakistan

Status of Pakistan Women Rising

Hindu panchayat chief traded honour for wine

Will the masculinity of weapons defeat the femininity of peace in Syria?

More poll power for Jamia’s Eves

Zahida fails to make peace with daal & jail

Japanese reporter killed in Syria's Aleppo, 3 missing: NGO

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Iranian Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi


11-year-old girl arrested in Pak on charges of blasphemy

Pakistani student Aleenah Masood wins kudos

European Women’s Lobby slams Saudi athletes over Olympic dress

Gender quotas stall Somali parliament process

Gathering of Muslim, Jewish women is a ray of hope

Burqa clad women hit the streets in Srinagar

Breast-feeding literacy as part of Millennium Development Goals

All the world’s a woman’s stage

'I can still see the horror that made me flee Pakistan - in the haunted eyes of girls raised HERE': Nadira Naipaul exposes arranged marriages and honour killings in the UK

Holiday in Somalia turns into nightmare

Pakistan: 848 female medical officers appointed

Fatima greets wives of Arab and Muslim leaders

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: European Women’s Lobby slams Saudi athletes over Olympic dress

The Status Of The Average Female Pakistani
Aneka Chohan

The treatment of women is based on two simple beliefs in Pakistani society. One, women are subservient to men and that a man’s honour lies, and to some extent, depends on, in the actions of the female members in his family. Regarding the female status, Islam and its prescribed words about women play a major role. Clearly, women are seen as wives and mothers. Whilst their economic provision is handled and taken care of by men, women are taught to get married and bear children.

Study says Ramadan fasting not linked to pre-term births

More job openings for women planned

Saudi women doctors, scientists are role models for future generations

Gaza teen murdered in 'honour killing'

Disabled Muslim woman's marriage should be annulled: UK court

The status of the average female Pakistani

Keeping record: NADRA registers over 86% women

Another small advance for the women of the developing world

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Gaza teen murdered in 'honour killing'

The Women of Afghanistan
An Editorial in The New York Times

Severe restrictions imposed by the Taliban, on access to education, health care and work, before they were ousted from power after Sept. 11 have been lifted in government-controlled areas. Women have run for office, been named to government posts and become more involved in Afghan society; some operate their own businesses. The 2004 Constitution guaranteed equal rights. In 2009, a new law banned violence against women and set new penalties for underage and forced marriage, rape and other abuses. Many more girls are in school and maternity death rates are down.

Squeezing the Life Out Of a Woman Is Not Only Despicable But Crime against Humanity
Faiza Mirza

Pseudo-religious scholars play a vital role in enticing naïve minds to resort to violence in the name of religion and God. Their decrees range from depriving a woman of education to confining her to the four walls of the house to hitting her if she is found negligent of her role as a wife or daughter and even to killing her if she willingly seeks divorce....

It is not easy to stay positive at times like these, especially when we see those around us rushing to Masaajid for Taraweeh prayers, spending time in ‘itikaaf and reciting the Qur'an. This can lead us to feeling deprived of the reward of this blessed month, and often this feeling ends up decreasing our spirituality rather than increasing it. Our menstrual cycles (or postnatal bleeding) are a part of Allah Subhaana wa Ta'alaa's creation and something that is ordained by Him....

Pakistani Sister in Disputed Marriage Gunned Down In Court by Her Lawyer Brother

Veena Malik back as host on special Ramzan show

Tunisia's Draft Blasphemy Laws Brand Women 'Complementary' To Men

Acid Attacks on Women Rise in Macho-Cultured Colombia

Acid Attacks, Poison: What Afghan Girls Risk By Going to School

Fiza Mohammad, estranged wife of ex-Haryana deputy CM, found dead

Saudi female athlete's father to act against insults

Spotlight On Hijab and Bikini at the London Olympics

Olympics: Lone runner hopes to inspire UAE women athletes

Women Can Choose To Wear The Burqa – But Can They Choose Not To?

Pakistan: Minor girl kidnapped

Bihar Twins Won’t Take AIIMS ‘Risk’, Parents

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Pakistani Sister in Disputed Marriage Gunned Down In Court by Her Lawyer Brother

Wearing Of ‘Teddy’ Dress Banned In Karachi

Judo Match between A Young Saudi and Her Opponent Great Message' For Muslim Women or Sham

Ramadhan, Children and Persistent Violence in Indonesia

Three Arab Revolutions: Will Democracy Root, Will Women Thrive?

Afghan Sprinter Shows What Possible Is For Muslim Women

No More Women Should Suffer Shafilea Ahmed's Tragic Fate

First Saudi Woman to Help People Regain Their Lost Confidence through Artificial Eyes

Friday's Ramadan Meal to Celebrate Friendship in Different Faiths

Bahrain disperses protesters, arrests activist’s daughter

No female doctor in Taif hospital’s gynaecology dept

Bangladesh: Baby Girl 'Murdered'

Injustices To Women In Pakistan

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Afghan Sprinter Shows What Possible Is For Muslim Women


Extraordinary Muslim Women at the Olympics - Past to Present
Shaista Gohir

My list mainly includes women who have made history by being pioneers or have had to overcome substantial obstacles just to compete. I am giving special attention to Muslim sportswomen because they are comparatively small in number. I consider them extraordinary because of the many challenges they have to overcome....

Pakistan's Tribal Justice System Often A Vehicle of Revenge against Women

Pregnant Wife of Muslim Convert Charged With Terror Offence

Marseille Mob 'Attacks’ Police during Islamic Veil ID Check

Christian Nurses' 'Poisoning' In Pakistan, Impartial Inquiry Demanded

Waiting for Indian Nationality for 9 Years Pakistani Bride Learns Hindi And Punjabi

Pak Starlet in a Storm

Prosecutors Demand 20 Year Prison Term for Woman ‘Drunk Driver’

House of Baloch Poetess Raided By Pakistani Forces

Rural Pakistan Women Fear for Their Lives for Daring to Leave the Home and Work

Govt has taken steps for women's empowerment: PM Ashraf

Bangladesh Govt Should Be 'Sincere For Ensuring Women's Rights'

Fatima Jinnah Remembered As Role Model For Muslim Women

Women athletes aim to keep the spotlight post-Games

New TV Channel Run Exclusively By Fully Veiled Women

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Pakistan's Tribal Justice System Often A Vehicle of Revenge against Women 


Madras High Court Helps Muslim Girl to Live With Her Hindu Husband

Grief Gives Way To Anger for Families Who Lost Their Homes, And Their Way of Life

Life as a female in Saudi Arabia

Female Saudi judoka WILL fight in a hijab

Sherry discusses Pakistan-US ties with key American senator

Namibia Judge Backs Sterilised Women

Zambian woman gets 30-year RI in narcotics case

Arafat widow seeks French ‘assassination’ probe

Two women from Maoist Ayodhya squad surrender

Bihar Govt Wakes Up To the Plight of Conjoined Twins

Where is our Muhammad bin Qasim, asks Fouzia

Muslim Women Make History at London Olympics

Christian girls in Pakistan continue to be kidnapped, abducted and forcibly converted to Islam

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Madras High Court Helps Muslim Girl to Live With Her Hindu Husband

A Muslim Teen Appointed Youngest Village Head in Gujarat

A Giant Leap for Women, but Hurdles Remain

Woman Arrested For Killing Husband

Many Egyptian Women Fear for Future under Morsi Government

Life Tough for Pak's Future Women Judges

Nawaz Sharif's Daughter 'Proud' Of His Decision to Suspend Husband

Retired Muslim Woman Professor U of L Reveals the Feminist Side of the Quran

Two Women in Karachi Shot Dead

Top Saudi Shia Cleric's Wife passes away

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: A Muslim Teen Appointed Youngest Village Head in Gujarat

Saudi Arabia's Olympic Paradox: Insulting Women and Islam

Muslim Grandmother, 59, Kidnapped and Drugged Her Daughter for Family Honour, Jailed

Iraqi Gynaecologist Gets 3-Year Jail for Bid to Abort Pregnancy

Seven Teenagers Light Games’ Cauldron, Games Begin

Girls’ Torture: Accused under Psychiatric Evaluation

Women in Lebanon Feel Much Less Safe Than Men

Fight Over Islam, Money and Power Brings Violence to Volga

Reversal of Saudi Ban on Women Athletes is a Veil for Western Imperialism

Saudi women join opening ceremony for first time

Veiled Illusions in Abu Dhabi

Appeals Court Upholds Lifting Sisters In Islam's Book Ban

Zardari for Appointing Women as Top Judges

Muslim Women and the London Olympics: Series of Historic Firsts

Ramadan Reflection Day 8: The Women Who Shape Us

Aleppo braces for ‘mother of all battles’

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Muslim grandmother Shamim Akhtar

In Sudan, Women Being Stoned For Adultery
By New Age Islam News Bureau

In Sudan, Women Being Stoned For Adultery

Afghan Women Imprisoned For ‘Moral Crimes’

As NATO Pullout Looms, Afghan Women Face Uncertain Future

Egypt All-Veiled TV Aims to Cover Women's Needs

You Can't Use Sharia Law in Divorce Deal

Grim Statistics of Unsafe Abortions in Kenya

Women's Rights and the Dilemma of Arab Spring

Saudi women walk very different paths to become Muslim country’s 1st female Olympians

How Women Have Already Triumphed at the 2012 Olympics

Muslim Marriage Registrar: Lone Woman at Male Altar

Morocco female runner suspended from London Olympics over doping

Girls outshine boys in Rawalpindi Matric exams

After singing for 50 years, Pashto singer Zareen Jan is dead

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Afghan Women Imprisoned For ‘Moral Crimes’

Iran's 'No To Mandatory Hijab' Campaign Grows

Saudi Woman Can’t Wear Headscarf Rules Judo Federation

At Karachi Zoo, the Sight of a Woman Is More Exotic Than the Animals

The Legacy of Aqsa Parvez, And the Many Poisonous Definitions of ‘Honour’

Rohingyas Suffer Murder, Rape, Torture: Violence Survivor

Women Scarred & Wounded In Assam

Somalia Constitution Allows Abortion to Save Mom

Respect the Right of Muslim Women to Education

Gambia to Get Islamic Institute for Girls Education

Minor Girl Dies of Suffocation in Van during Load Shedding Protest

Miriam Ben-Porat, Israeli Judge and Civic Watchdog, Dies at 94

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Saudi Woman Can’t Wear Headscarf Rules Judo Federation

Indian Law Vs Personal Law: A Muslim Child Marriage Focuses Debate

African man 'raped to death' by 5 'jealous wives'

Protect Me from My Parents, Girl Who ‘Freely’ Converted To Marry

Malaysia women in constant fear of violence

Fast-changing fashion trends leave women clueless

For First Time, Women from Every Nation Ready To Rock Olympics

Domestic violence against women increased in 2011

Colorado shooting victim's wife has baby, 7 victims still critical

Olympics scam: FIA arrests wanted human smuggler Madam Babri

Women boxing clever in Afghanistan

Himayat opens new doors for women of Kashmir

Pregnant Malaysian shooter eyes Olympic gold

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Protect Me from My Parents, Girl Who ‘Freely’ Converted To Marry

Gender Justice Jihad in Ramadan
By Adis Duderija, New Age Islam

Gender Justice Jihad in Ramadan
Adis Duderija, New Age Islam

Why is it that so many Muslim men are so insensitive to gender justice to the extent of branding those few Muslim men and many women who are as agents of “western” culture? Could this insensitivity in more extreme cases also explain the presence of misogynist thinking among some Muslim men and acts of abuse may that be in the context of marriage or parent-child relationship?

What good does the fasting during the month of Ramadan serve if we are not even sensitive (or choose to be insensitive) to the needs of our sisters in faith? Why do we easily fall for and unquestioningly accept facades and masquerades over essence and what really matters? My personal goal and wish is to spend the rest of this fasting month improving my own sensitivity to the other gender. I hope you will too....

Afghan Father Shoots Two Teenage Daughters in ‘Honour’ Killing

UP Village Girls Make a Bonfire of ‘Vulgar’ Jeans

Saudi Releases Al-Qaeda Linked Women Detainees

Caste panchayat strips, thrashes woman, lover

More Organisations Condemn Ban on Headscarf in Classrooms in Karnataka, India

London Bomber’s Widow Is Worlds ‘Most Wanted’

Saudi Women Send Letter to Muslim Clerics for Release of Prisoners

Afghan Couple Flees To Pakistan, Fearing Persecution

Iran's Women Dress Wars Expose Deep Divide

Muslims in South Florida include growing number of Hispanics

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: London Bomber’s Widow Is Worlds ‘Most Wanted’

And The Mirror Cracked From Side To Side
By New Age Islam News Bureau

And The Mirror Cracked From Side To Side

Woman minister gets wolf whistles in French parliament

Pakistani Woman Columnist praises Iran’s strong stance against US policies

Egyptian channel with veiled women launches broadcast

Standing up on her own From Edinburgh to Stockholm, Paris to London, San Francisco to Pakistan

Pakistan female athlete runs for dead friend

Muslim women face special challenges during Ramadan fast

6 Female Olympians To Watch in London

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: French Housing Minister Cecile Duflot

The Past Is an Obsession for the Daughters of the Desert
Rakshanda Jalil

Enormously depressing in one way, the three books are also, oddly enough, hugely uplifting. Displaced, deprived, discriminated, dispossessed these voices might be - weary from trading home-grown despots for foreign ones and vice versa - but each one of them is determined to be heard. The note of defiance, of speaking out, of bearing witness rings sharp and clear....


Muslim Body Flays Stalling of Minor Girl's Marriage

Muslim Woman seeks equal status among wives

‘Cultures are poles apart but united by dancing’

Indonesian Women Take Dating Into Their Own Hands

Saudi’s Olympic opening to women ‘small step’

Egypt's NCW blames Islamists for exclusion of women

We didn’t issue any ‘Talibani firmans’, say elders

Muslim Women Training for self-reliance

London Olympics Will Feature More Women Than Men For The First Time

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Muslim Woman

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  • if you cannot answer "teenager" questions, you better stick to the kindergarten ones.you will stand first in the class.
    ( By hats off! )
  • it is a pity if any religion has to justify itself (every time) by denigrating some other thing, place, event, period, language, tradition, culture ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • "Emotions aren’t meant to rule over you – we have to learn the best way to manage them. But at the same time, emotions ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • DK: "I believe that a nuclear war, no matter how it would start, poses the greatest danger confronting humankind, and can only be prevented ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • “Human dignity is at the core of all Islam's messages. And if knowledge does not deliver on human dignity, then that knowledge really is questionable. So ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Religion is not plasticine that can be shaped any which way as one pleases. It is what it is and made clear by Allah. It ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • If Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) came back today, he would find  that his religion is completely taken over by the hypocrites and transformed beyond recognition.Among ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Naseer sb. insists that his interpretation is the only correct interpretation but claim that it is not interpretation at all but the exact meaning ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • It is better for women to study teachings of Hazrat Nizamuddin (aka Mahboobe Ilahi) and then fight for entering the shrines.
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
  • If Zoroastrian concepts were used to mis-translate the Quran, that was not the fault of Zoroastrians but of Muslim translators. Hats Off's comment is ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • "The War is actually between Religionists and Atheists"Is this true?
    ( By Ali Murtuza )
  • Our purpose is to eliminate hate. Hate can’t be eliminated but by way of love, tolerance and friendly manner.Sometimes it is seen that people ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • What a dumb and hateful remark from Hats Off! Most people are convinced that Trump is a racist. Nobody that I know of has ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • It is so easy to vilify people, even those who are bedrocks of world morality. Perhaps Hats Off thinks doing so makes him look ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • For Hats Off, all occasions are just opportunities to "rub it in"! Does he think things will be less bloody with non-religious people? For ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Prayer, fasting, Hajj, zakat, belief in Allah and the Day Of Judgment are the hygiene factors.The pillars of Islam or what sustains Islam are ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • “Arabic itself has not only evolved as a language over the centuries, but the alien (Ajami) influences have also modified it significantly. As described above, Zoroastrian ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • The tashabaha (similitude) of throne has been used to say that Allah, after having created the Universe in six days, placed himself fully in ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • The comparison between Madrasas in India and the Madrasas in Pakistan specially set up or specially transformed to churn out militant extremists is incorrect. ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Is this mob violence any different from the mob violence against Asia Bibi and others? If we understand that then we should understand this ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Honesty requires not having to go beyond and outside of the Quran. If the Quran can stand up on its own and make sense ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Professor Ebrahim Moosa is debunking the Islam of the traditional schools without knowing what to uphold. I debunk the Islam of the traditional schools ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • I had expected an volley of comments on Swami vivekananda's write-up on Jesus. But none. Muslims take sides with Quran and Christians take sides ...
    ( By dr.A.Anburaj )
  • I had expected an volly of comments on Swami Vivekananda's write-up on Jesus. But no comments so far.It is really  a surprise.Muslims take sides ...
    ( By dr.A.Anburaj )
  • you have successfully eliminated zoroastrianism. what else do you want? give a dog a bad name and hang it? you have done that already. ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • christian history is so saturated with blood that it cannot lecture others on their blood stains. as if it had the moral high ground. ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • “What can be done to eliminate this hate?” Asks Ghulam (Mr.Siddiqi) Hate is one of our base human instincts. We use it as a tool to promote ...
    ( By Royalj )
  • "...Muslim Congresswoman-Elect, Rashida Tlaib, Says Trump Is 'Racist'"made for each other. trump and rashida. one christian extremist and another a muslim extremist.
    ( By hats off! )
  • if at all these characters appeared today, they would have a lot to answer for.jesus christ will have to answer for the rape and ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • Use your head! The question under discussion is what would Christ or Muhammad do if they were to return today. Today religious tolerance and ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Ex-IB Chief: “Just 108 of 180m Indian Muslims Joined IS.”True, Indian Muslims are not Jihadis. But were the Pakistani Muslims or Pakistani madrasa students ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • Conference on Radicalisation: ‘Strong Religious Education Bulwark against Radicalisation.’ " in many madrasas in India, countering violent extremism is a key chapter in most religious ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • disprove my statement instead of frothing at the mouth. keep calm and refute statements.did or did not the prophet ban jews and polytheists from ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • What a vicious and narrow-minded comment from Hats Off! He is seething with hate against the Prophet and finds a venue to express his ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Hats Off is projecting his own mendacity on to others. By the way, it is the Notre Dame Cathedral which is in Paris.  The ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • we can emulate the prophet, but we do not have any jews here to drive out.also in these days of human rights and whatnot, ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • whatever answers we need for our times can be better given by honesty and frankness. not by emigrating to france and undertake exegetical gymnastics.and ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • While Naseer sb. is busy identifying kafirs amongst us, let me post some of the thoughts of the best known writer on Progressive Islam, ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Why can't modern Muslims conceptualize an idealized modern state themselves rather than go searching for models in history?
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • He would take us further forward from where we are today.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )