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Islam, Women and Feminism

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. …

Sinister Socio-Psychological Forces Finding Honour in Cowardly Murder
Saad Hafiz is a banker

Some important Islamic scholars in Jordan have gone even further by declaring honour-crimes an Islamic imperative that derives from the ‘values of virility advocated by Islam’ A landmark judgment by the Indian Supreme Court in an honour killing case called such killings a slur on the nation and a barbaric, feudal practice that ought to be stamped out. …

Proposed Amendments to Marriage Laws do not Guarantee Full Women Rights
Flavia Agnes is a Social Activist and Advocate

It is in this context that the Centre’s move to amend the Hindu and Special Marriage laws lacks clarity, transparency and is also extremely narrow in its scope, as it leaves out all women from minority communities and restricts their right to claim property division at the time of divorce. The bill was secular in character, and was made applicable to all marriages irrespective of religious affiliations. …


Stand Up For Religious Freedom
Sarah Posner is an author.

The contraception coverage requirement, Sweeney said in his speech, was “abnormal” and “not how things should be.” He warned of a “brand new form of bondage” due to people who “want to dip their hands into the government treasury.”  ” She told me that, as a “kid of the ’60s” she wasn’t always opposed to contraception, but that “the more we know, the more know how bad it is.”…

Crimes against Humanity
Hina Hafeezullah Ishaq

Crimes against Humanity
Hina Hafeezullah Ishaq is an advocate of the High Court Pakistan

Women are killed on account of honour, not only for allegedly having affairs, but also for exercising a right to choose their partner, an inalienable right guaranteed by Islam and the law. In a sizeable majority of cases, the ‘honour’ that is so dishonoured, is actually a guise for grabbing property. The Quran terms murder of one person equivalent to the slaying of the entire humanity. …

Clothe Your Women with Kindness
The writer is a journalist, writer and educator.

Every time I hear news of a man using physical force on his wife and children, I become furious. What is further infuriating is that as a man, to react the way I do is deemed strange. For some godforsaken reason it is widely accepted that it's a man's prerogative to correct women by force, especially if they are ungrateful and if they don't obey the commands of their husbands. …

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  • if you cannot answer "teenager" questions, you better stick to the kindergarten ones.you will stand first in the class.
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  • it is a pity if any religion has to justify itself (every time) by denigrating some other thing, place, event, period, language, tradition, culture ...
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  • "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. ...
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  • 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, ...
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  • 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 )