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Islam, Women and Feminism

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 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: 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....

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


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
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,...


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


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

Tens of thousands worldwide petition Iran to end child marriages

Muslim girls’ enrolment in primary schools up 33% against average of 5%

Bihar girls fight to end abuse ordeal

Palestinian ‘Honor Killings’ Rising

Medieval ritual tortures kids in name of religion

Pakistani girl accused of Qur'an burning could face death penalty

Report urged in Pakistan Down's Syndrome blasphemy case

When a Tehrani woman tried to telephone her Facebook friend in Israel…

Four women arrested for wearing prayer shawls at Western Wall

Pakistan: Beautician turned fashion designer Aliya Tipu launches first-ever clothing line

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Indian doctors gift new lease of life to Pak woman on Eid


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.

Why did Veena Malik do ‘Astaghfar’?
Why did Veena Malik do ‘Astaghfar’?
By New Age Islam News Bureau

Women's group protests in Kashmir over Assam, Myanmar

Kohistani aims to inspire Afghan girls

Muslim immigrants at home key to U.S. image abroad

Acid attack: CM orders best treatment for affected nurses

Women henna stalls popular

Women, free speech, and the Tunisian constitution

Ghana: NPP Women Organizer Supports Muslim Community

Manteo grad helping Afghan women and children

New video of Swiss hostage in Yemen

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Veena Malik


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.

To expand job opportunities, Saudi Arabia plans a women-only work zone

Coming to Saudi Arabia: The world's first women-only city

Thousands rally for women’s rights in Tunisia

Why Some Muslim Women Don't Wear Hijab

Blogger sets out to change image of Pakistanis

Impunity for violence against women a global concern

Will the Tunisian constitution erode the gains of women in the Arab Spring?

Gender diversity on corporate boards remains low

A Nigerian Governor’s wife fetes Muslim women

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Thousands rally for women’s rights in Tunisia


HRW Tells Nepal to Protect, Not Ban Young Women Migrating To Gulf

Smuggled Semen Makes Palestinian Prisoner Dad

Islam Courses for Fasting Kashmiri Women by Nadwatul Ulema Graduate

Yemeni-Scot Filmmaker: “It’s Silly for the Government to Restrict the Cinema Movement”

Saudi Women Writers: Islamic Solidarity Summit Inevitable To Solve Crises

Trio Of Older Japanese Women Aiding Kids, Women In Afghanistan

Nearly Sisters: Arab and Israeli Women's Common Challenges

Pakistan’s Polio Ambassador Miss Zardari for Engaging Private Schools, Hospitals

Disabled Man Claims to Be Runaway Afghan Woman’s First Husband

August 14 Fever In Pakistan: Mahin Hussain Presents ‘Zinda Qaum’

5 Pakistani Women We Envy

An Olympic First for Muslim Women, Not Really

A Local Honour for A Global Champion Of Women

It’s just a hijab, get over it

'Efforts On In Pak To Send Deaf And Mute Indian Girl Back'

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Kashmiri Women Threatened With Acid Attack by Al Qaeda Group for Not Wearing Veils

Orthodox Jews Get Glasses to Blur Out Women

Bahrain Court Jails a Shiite Muslim for Insulting Prophet’s Wife

Entertainers Have the Right to Discuss Religion: Veena Malik

Pak man held for forcing Hindu girl to marry him

Wife of kidnapped US aid worker Weinstein urges return

Murders of Women on Rise in Pakistan; 432 Killed In Six Months

Israeli Justice: 45-Day Jail For Killing 2 Gaza Women

Libya: The Fight for Women's Rights Goes On

Iranian Woman Returns Home from US Prison

Tunisia Activists Braced To Fight for Women's Rights

Ex-Israeli Soldier Jailed Over Deaths Of Palestinian Women

A ‘Rich’ Village Of Widows

Women hail landmark Games breakthrough

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Wed and Tortured at 13, Afghan Girl Finds Rare Justice


Muslim Woman of Kozhikode, India, No More behind the Veil

Pakistan's Goodwill Ambassador Urges Society, Media to Support Efforts to Eradicate Polio

Lessons Learned From Saudi Women Participation in Olympics 

Women Warriors Urged To Keep Up the Fight

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Aseefa Bhutto Zardari


Kidnapped Hindu Girl Embraces Islam, Gets Married

Wounded Afghan Shia Sisters Find Hope In U.S

Deaf-Mute Indian Woman Stranded in Pak for 12 yrs Desperate To Go Home

Ramadan Fasting Not Linked To Preterm Births

Police Arrest 37 Year-Old Man on Suspicion of Raping Two Teenage Girls in Maldives

PM Sheikh Hasina and the BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia Push Country Behind: Ershad

Cash, Home for Women Assaulted In Khangarh, Pakistan

Iranian Science Minister to Explain Reduced Female Enrolment

NYC Bus Ads Are Latest Salvo in Pamela Geller’s Jihad

Assault on the Daughters of Swat Valley

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Muslim Woman in Hijab Officiate Olympic Beach Volleyball

Nepal Bans Women under 30 from Working in Gulf

Suspected kidnapping: Teen Hindu converts, marries

Saudi & Afghan Brave Hearts Have Set Great Examples for Others

Grave Medical Error: A 17-Year-Old Woman in Jeddah Loses Uterus

Demand for Law to Raise Marriage Age for Girls to 18 in Pakistan

Girls’ School Blown Up With Explosives In Mohmand

Goodwill ambassador: First to be vaccinated, vows to eradicate polio

Saudi women empowerment: A failed project in the absence of strategy

Iran's Female Olympians Face Extra Hurdles

Bangladesh: Two Housewives Killed Allegedly For Dowry

Fifth perpetrator in failed rape attempt in Jakarta arrested

Cash Puts Fiza Uncle under Lens

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Nepal Bans Women under 30 from Working in Gulf

14-Year-Old Hindu Girl Kidnapped In Pakistan

J&K: Sent Home By Doctors, Woman Delivers In Taxi

Ex-Girlfriend of Gurdwara Shooter Arrested Faces Weapon Charge

‘I’m Not a Cold-Blooded Monster,’ Jakarta Woman Drunk Driver Tells Court

Ahmadiyya Muslim Women's Group Hosts Qur'an Exhibition

Iranian Woman Leaves US Prison after Oman Mediation

Iraqi Woman Keeps Police on Toes All Night

Canada’s Irshad Manji Stands Unique in Push for Islam Reform

Medal-Winning Tunisian Fuels Women’s Rights Debate

Attar Makes Olympic Track Debut for Saudi Women

Senior Democratic Party Woman member named suspect in Buol bribery case

Clattering Sewing Machines Hope for Young Nigerian Women

HC Directs AMU School to Admit Girls Denied Seats for Being Over-Age

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Ex-Girlfriend of Gurdwara Shooter


What keeps her going, she says, is her “belief in God’s mercy”. With no hope of settling back into social life, Sabina nurtures an expectation of eventual redemption. “I read the Quran and hope that my life will turn around,” she says. “Every night has its dawn, mine will also arrive”. Life for her continues to be tough, nevertheless. She would like to do some job to ease her family’s financial difficulties. But her “tarnished name” comes in the way....

A 3-Year-Old Malaysian Girl Killed In Suspected Exorcism Ritual

Veiled French Muslim Woman Charged With Inciting Riot

Protesters across Bahrain Demand Release of Women Prisoners

An Attempt to Portray Arab Women as Victims

Kyrgyz Politician's War on Coerced Marriage

Taliban Will Not Be Allowed To Disrupt Polio Campaign

Women attend Milad at Pakistan NCA

“Let’s Talk” Initiative Launches With Discussion On Sexual Harassment And Discrimination

Police Arrest A Man, 60, For Stabbing His 30 Year-Old Wife

A Prisoner’s Mother from Gaza Dies on Her Way to Visit Him

The 2012 London Olympics: A Strong Focus On Women

Fiza autopsy leaves cops ‘confused’

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Posters Threaten Acid Attack on Women Wearing Jeans In Jharkhand, India

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....

Muslim Girls in Kerala, India Breached the Final Frontier in Islamic Education

Sindh High Court Issues Notices In Two Freewill Marriage Cases

Eastern European Women flee Syria's war with Their Children

Rally against genocide of Muslims in Myanmar

Gurdwara Shooting: US Gunman Turns a Wife’s 16-Year Wait Into Eternity

Sharjah MIC Awarded Grant to Highlight the Lives of Muslim Women

Saudi Arabia's Female Olympians Face Cold Return Home

Olympic Sprinter Hopes to Pave the Way for Afghan Women

Nigeria School Offers Hope for Young Women

‘Four New Women Universities in Pakistan’s South Punjab This Year’

Number of women going for foreign employment up

Palestine murder highlights violence against women

16% of Saudi women anticipate working in furniture and optical stores

Saudi Authority plans to establish women-only industrial cities

Women’s Eid preparations in full swing

Mona Shaikh Is a Naughty Muslim Comedian

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: 11-Year-Old Girl Married To 40-Year-Old Man Afghanistan

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....

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