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Islam, Women and Feminism

Muslims, Jews Women Work Together To Help Heal Wounds from Religious Conflicts

Indian State Minister Mohammad Azam Khan supports Restricting Freedom of Women

Bomb kills head of women’s affairs in Afghan east

British Feminist Gets a Real Taste of “Progressivism”

Canada Honours Muslim Woman by Appointing To The Order Of Canada

Non-Muslim Women Kept Out Of Waseela-E-Haq Programme

Women's Centre Is Struggling After 'Extremism' Claims Because Of Headscarves

Saudi's Olympic Opening to Women Highlights Wider Gender Battles In Saudi Kingdom

Quebec Muslim Activist First Woman Charged Under 9/11 Terror Laws

Fury over Rural Diktat Banning Women from 'Falling In Love'

France Continues Bias against Women Who Wear Hijab

Toronto Woman Denies Expulsion from Free Syrian Army

Church, State, Hijabs

Before Games, Wins for Women

Rights group urges Clinton to speak on women’s rights with Egypt president

Utah’s Muslim Athletes Game for the Ramadan Challenge

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: British Feminist Gets a Real Taste of “Progressivism”


Omerta reigns after honour killing in one of India’s Talibani pockets
Kunal Majumder

What was Manju’s crime? There are multiple versions: She eloped with a lower-caste boy; she liked wearing western clothes; she was sent back by her in-laws for being “ugly”, not bringing enough dowry, and having a “loose character”. Nobody knows the truth. Yet the caste panchayat has decreed that no one from the village will stand witness against Solanki and that Manju deserved her gruesome end....

Saudi Arabia to Send 2 Women Athletes to London Olympics
Sarah Attar

Women the main victims of anti-Muslim attacks in UK

German Chancellor signals religious tolerance in Indonesia

Women's Conference on Islamic Awakening wraps up

Women play role in Islamic Awakening's identity shaping: Velayati

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Photo: 800-meter runner Sarah Attar


I agree with Nazia Jassim that “the oppressor is man, not Islam” (The Hindu, Open Page, May 27, 2012). In fact, it is Islam which liberated women from the brutality of patriarchal society and the shackles of cruel customs that had usurped their basic and fundamental rights of living. It is Islam which provided them several rights — right of inheritance, right to own property, right to education, right to trade and business, right of selection of the husband by free will and right of remarriage in case of his demise and right of divorce….

What Makes the Kashmir’s Fundamentalist Women So ‘Liberal’? They Actually Allow Their Fingers and Toes to Be Shown To the World
Madhav Nalapat

Credible reports say that more than a few women related to members of JIK actually allow their fingers and toes to be shown to the outside world. Worse, they sometimes colour their fingernails and toenails. If the purpose of such an unnecessary waste of dye is not to attract the attention of the opposite sex, what is it? The Jamaat-e-Islami Kashmir needs to ensure that any member of the feminine gender associated with it cover the entire hand and foot, including the nails. These can be sheathed in gloves and socks. However, the fabric for these ought not to be nylon, light cotton or any other cloth that permits the outline of the limb to be seen from the outside. The material should be of thickness enough to ensure that not a trace of the fingers and toes is visible, except as shapes through the cloth.

There are rumours that some ladies who claim to be supporters of the JIK actually put on perfume and talcum powder before going on an outing. While both perfume and talcum powder are permissible inside the home, provided the only males close by are the father, husband or son of the woman concerned, to wear perfume when going out is clearly indicative of a desire to attract the attention of males from categories that ought never to be attracted in the least. This is shocking. Reports are that more than a handful of female JIK supporters in Kashmir spray perfume or attar on themselves before stirring out of their homes....

Afghan Police Hunt Woman's Executioner, Taliban Militants

An Emirati Student Accused of Raping Woman

Baby in baggage; parents arrested

Gynaecologist on trial for attempted abortion

Tehran Hosts World Conference on Women and Islamic Awakening

NO ‘INDECENT’ Dress In Schools, Please: Tamil Nadu Directorate of School Education

Yes we fit! Sunita Williams tries out her space suit

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Photo: Afghan Police Hunt Woman's Executioner, Taliban Militants


In Niger, Hunger Crisis Raises Fears of More Child Marriages
Sudarsan Raghavan

“The fear is, if the food crisis continues, that more parents will use marriage as a survival strategy and that we’ll see more girls married before the age of 15,” said Djanabou Mahonde, the head of child protection at UNICEF. In a landlocked nation that has one of the world’s fastest-growing populations; the hunger crisis is the latest twist in Niger’s efforts to combat early marriages, a battle pitting modern values against centuries-old traditions....


Sharia-Friendly Swimwear Hits Indonesia's Mainstream

Bangladeshi Women Flourish, With Girls' Education a Top Priority

Peer Pressure Compels Teens, Women in Pakistan for Cosmetic Surgery

Sexual Safety Remains Elusive In Cairo for Women Journalists

Burqa Robber in Violent Jewel Heist

Still Fighting From Behind Bars for Helping an Imprisoned Muslim Cleric as a Defence Attorney

4 women killed in grenade attack in Khyber Agency

Woman NGO Worker Shot Dead In Restive Khyber Tribal Region

Women to Bring Peace and Security to the Middle East North Africa Region

Turkey's Islamic Govt Passes Law to Reduce Caesareans, Plans To Curb Abortions

Egyptian Women Worry about Rights under New Islamist President

Teen French Call Girl to a Recognised Figure in the Fashion Industry

Iranian-Born Israeli Music Icon Records Farsi Album in Outreach to Enemy Iran

Love-Struck Runaway Girl Traced To Fujairah Hotel

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Sexual Safety Remains Elusive In Cairo for Women Journalists


Pakistan the Worst Place To Be a Woman
Aisha Fayyazi Sarwari

When it comes to women’s rights in Pakistan, we have to fight first for their human rights. Particularly what makes the Pakistani woman vulnerable is the pervasiveness of religion in every part of civic life including the law and state. Armed with the fallacy that women are the honour of the tribe/country, men reign over them and decree all sorts of punishments. Although death is the extreme form of that, an equally harrowing punishment is seclusion and segregation, where their right to mobility is curtailed. When a woman cannot move, she certainly cannot run….

Abandoned, Aborted, or Left for Dead: These Are the Vanishing Girls of Pakistan
Hilke Schellmann and Habiba Nosheen

"Only for the first child [do] I tell them if it's a girl or a boy. But after that, if it's a boy, it's alright, but if it's a girl, I don't say anything," says Dr. Ain-ul-Ghazala, 58, another gynaecologist at the clinic. Zafar says she withholds the sex of female babies from expecting mothers, as the news will almost always lead to cries of sorrow....

Timbuktu Couple Gets 100 Lashes for Child Out Of Wedlock

Eight Year Old Afghan Girl Raped In Nimroz Province

EU Denounces Afghan Minister's Prostitution Comments

Recognise Safe Abortions as a Human Right: Mother of a Victim of Unsafe Abortion

Women Participation Highlights Riyadh Chamber Elections

Graduation Ceremony of PAF Finishing School: No Society Can Afford To Ignore Women

Pandelela to Be First Malaysian Woman Flag Bearer For Olympic Games

Fauzia Wahab: A trailblazer for Pakistani women

Kohistan girls’ case disposed of

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Photo: Eight Year Old Afghan Girl Raped In Nimroz Province


Of Law, Marriage and Despairing Feminists
Flavia Agnes

Before we come up with a knee-jerk response to the hype created by the media and bite the bait, we need to have greater clarity on whose side are we (the feminists) batting in this confrontation between parental authority or the active agency expressed by a young, teenage girl. Also I wish to raise a connecting question—if the Muslim law was codified and minimum age for marriage was stipulated, as has been done under the Hindu Marriage Act, would the High Court have responded differently? ...

In the Land of Taliban, A Mother Bravely Campaigns For President

Women's Rights Law No Match for Kurdistan Tradition

Saudi Arabian women risk arrest as they defy ban on driving

For Women of Faith, the Quest for a Good Halal Workout

Kohistan girls alive: KP Information Minister

Saudi heir's death fails to curb women at wheel

Women in both Iowa and Afghanistan play a major role in agriculture

HRH wife of His Majesty the King of Bahrain to Patronise Women’s Forum for Human Rights        

Women challenge ban on Palestinian freedom of movement in direct action; seven arrested

Army task force: Female soldiers need better health care

The Women of The Middle East, Not Getting Their Due

Iran hosts first International Women’s Health Conference

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Photo: Fawzia Koofi: In the Land of Taliban’s, a Mother Bravely Campaigns for President

Islamic Fashion Organized By Muftis of Russia Demonstrates Muslim Women Updated

US Army orders ‘hot pink’ burqas for Afghanistan

600 Saudi Arabian Women Petition King for Right to Drive

Female genital mutilation: a brutal violation of rights, must be eradicated

10 schools ready to welcome woman strollers in Rawalpindi

Iranian Women Studies Foundation Names University of Virginia professor 'Woman of the Year'

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Photo: Islamic fashion in Moscow


Three Saudi Women Turned Away From France, Over Veil


Pro-female Genitals Mutilation Parliamentarian Taken to court By Egypt women’s NGO

Arab women cry for end to harassment

Saudi woman bags first prize in Qur’an contest

Single Women Gaining Limited Acceptance in Iran

Lahore CJ takes suo motu notice of torture, killing of woman by husband and in-laws

“Purdah Bagh” A Breath of Fresh Air For Muslim Women in Delhi

Egypt women’s group delivers 50 female names to parliament for constituent assembly

Complied by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Saudi women Turned away From France, over veil

Taliban Poisoning Girl Pupils Is New Dilemma For Afghan Parents

Anti-sexual harassment rally Attacked in Egypt

Muslim Woman claims bias at US religious freedom panel

Sindh Assembly Deputy Speaker Shehla promises to get domestic violence bill approved 

Pakistan working for Women’s empowerment: Pak Ambassador to US

A Blackburn victim of forced marriage welcomes new legislation

Activists shocked at Delhi HC ruling that reduces marriageable age for Muslim girls to 15

Women in Special Forces in U S: the Debate on Combat Exclusion  

Welsh golfer Sahra Hassan honoured by Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation

Is there a fatwa for daring to compare burqa-wearing Muslims women to garbage bags?

Complied by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Egypt anti-sexual violence protest in Tahrir attacked


Sexual Exploitation of White girls ‘particular problem in Asian communities’ in UK

Pakistan Coming clean about child sexual abuse - or not

Islamists trying to rid women of attained rights in compliance with Sharia

Asks to dress according to Sharia law, 9/11 Defendant Mocks the American Justice System

U N appeals to guarantee women's right in Afghanistan

‘Oppressed Afghan Women’ Desperate to tell their stories, find a voice

Today I Will Become a Muslim: A German Lady Finds Islam in Dubai

Egyptian women fear fewer rights, more harassment after elections

Egypt: Are women being targeted for sex assaults?

Stigmatizing violence against Timor women by Indonesian Army during war of Independence

Child Marriage among Muslims Being Promoted by Delhi HC

Afghan girls’ long road to education

Complied by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Islamists trying to rid women of attained rights in compliance with Sharia



Inequality, Discrimination, and Shame: The Way of Women’s Life
President TLC Consultancy

Inequality, discrimination, and shame seem to have become the way of women’s life. And if we use history as an indicator of trends, situations may change for a while but eventually, old habits die hard. A case in point is the never-ending subjugation of women: Subjugation that deprives her of her social, economic, civic and political rights. Pretending otherwise is an understatement. But why is that so? ...

Sudanese Woman Jailed with Baby and Sentenced to Death by Stoning over Adultery

13-year-old Rape Victim’s out-of-court settlement, Concerns Pak SC

NGOs call for action against Pakistani cleric for anti-women decree During Friday Prayers

Girls’ school blown up in Mardan, Pakistan by Terrorists

Pakistani arrested for assaulting Sikh woman in Luton

First time Saudi women to run trains on PNU campus

Daughter of a Persian prince rescuer of prostitutes in Iran, Dies at 90

Rome welcomed Pakistani dancer, but didn’t manage to save her

Sadaf a Bahai citizen: Prisoner of the day

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Photo: Sudanese woman sentenced to death by stoning


"So, what are you going to do with this massage training you're doing," asked my husband. From his tone I could sense rising but muted panic. "Don't you know Muslim women aren't allowed to do such things out of their home?" Bemused at the irony of my bohemian approach to my spiritual beliefs, I pondered how I would respond to my beloved husband's question. For it was when I married him that I converted from a loose relationship with Christianity, peppered with Buddhism and other practices from the East, to Islam….

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?

Complied by New Age Islam News Bureau

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

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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. ...
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  • “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.
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 )