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Islam, Women and Feminism

Afghan Policewoman, Pregnant Teacher Hanged
Fawzia Koofi

Winner of College Pageant Faces Shia Leaders’ Wrath

Ugandan MPs Pass Law to ban Miniskirts

Egypt's Muslim Sisterhood Put At Forefront of Protests in Bid to Gain Public Sympathy

Mohammad Most Popular Name for Glasgow Babies In 2013

Sri Lankan Maid’s Daughter Gets College Scholarship in Dubai

Fawzia Koofi, the Female Politician Who Wants To Lead Afghanistan

Hijab: A Woman's Rite Of Passage in Iran

Turkish Women Wear Hijab in Parliament after 14-Year Ban

UN-Arab League Peace Envoy Urges Release of Syrian Women Rights Activists

Brighton High School students embrace diversity by wearing Islamic headscarf for whole day

Inter-Marriages: Rare Disease Causes Family of 8 to Lose Sight in Pakistan

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


The campaign against so-called “gender segregation” has been characterised by hysteria, misrepresentation and outright lies. Given the prominent role played in stirring up the controversy by extremist organisations like Student Rights and One Law for All (one of whose leading figures was recently forced to resign after the exposure of her links with the far right), that is hardly surprising…..

France's Burqa Ban Gets New Scrutiny in European Court
Haifa and Noura Leading Thinnkers

Fiqh Academy of Maldives Reveals Opinion on Abortion

Bali Gears Up To Be Top Wedding Destination

Two Arab Women In List Of ‘Leading Global Thinkers’

Alarm Rises For Afghan Women Prisoners After Western Troops Leave

Women Are the Real Victims of the Arab Spring

Tanzania: 'TV Plays Greatly Contribute to Marginalisation of Women'

Saudi Women Employed As Janitors at SR1, 500

Desi Entertainers Proudly Tribute 'Women Of Today'

Afghan Woman Flown To Turkey after Husband 'Slices Off Her Nose'

Uganda Commended For Fighting Gender Based Violence

Aisha's Story - How Grassroots Education Can Change Perceptions of HIV/Aids in Nigeria

Yemen: 'Nothing Much Has Changed For Women'

Yemeni Dad Demands 1 Mln Facebook Likes As Dowry for His Daughter

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


Yemen's Women Struggle To Reap Benefits of Arab Spring
Shaimaa Khalil

When you take a walk in the streets of Sanaa, the women you see are covered in black from head-to-toe. That is why the whole world took notice when Yemeni women were at the forefront of the demonstrations that eventually ousted long-time president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, and brought in a new government……


Turkish Female Deputies Protest Use of ‘Obscene’ Language in Parliament
Misbah Syed a first-year student of MBBS

Yemen's Women Struggle To Reap Benefits of Arab Spring

Pakistani Teacher ‘Thrashes’ Girl after Argument on Veil

Nigeria: Women's Associations Appeals to Schools over Hijab

38 Arrested In Tanzania for Female Genital Mutilation: Mayor

Resolution of Domestic Abuse Cases Raises Rights Concerns in Saudi Arabia

Shops Can’t Find Saudi Women Dressmakers

Expatriate Female Teachers in Dilemma over Iqama Transfer Issue

First Saudi Woman to Earn PhD from KAUST

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


Women: Towards Reconciliation and Liberation
Tariq Ramadan

Women must struggle against all formalist dictatorships: both those that impose the headscarf without belief in the practice coming from the heart and those that imagine all objectified female bodies fit into a size six dress; those that compel women to stay at home for religious reasons and those that send them back home after the age of 45 for aesthetic reasons…..


2013 Was a Big Year for Feminism, But the Movement Still Alienates Minorities
Erika L Sánchez

......we should celebrate feminism's various triumphs: women everywhere spoke out against rape culture, Wendy Davis kicked some serious ass on the Texas Senate floor, ultra-precocious 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai gave a speech at the United Nations, and the Solidarity is for White Women hashtag on Twitter got people all hot and bothered, and caused many of us to have important and difficult conversations…..


‘Land Distribution among Women Reducing Cases of Domestic Violence’, In Pakistan

All-Women Eatery Opens in Taif

College Women Tunisia Have Diverse Opinions on Islamic Dress

Saudi Scholarship Student Rescues 3 Saudi Women from House Fire in Indiana, USA

Despite Their Absence, Rural Pakistani Women Impress Through Work

Burqa and Pakistani Women

DI Khan By-Polls: Women Prevented From Voting In Garhi Shamozai

Muslim Girls of Palanpur, India, Take To Martial Arts for Empowerment

First Ever School For Muslim Girls in Mumbai to Turn 75

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


In Taking Jobs, Women Take On a Saudi Taboo
France's Burqua Ban

French Panel: Let Muslims Wear Head Scarves in School

Muslim Woman Challenging France's Burqua Avoids Being 'A Sign of Islamisation'

2 Saudi Women Arrested For Driving

Forums to Help Women Build Cohesive Families

Over 5,000 Turkish Women Applied For Help Due To Violence in 2012: Ministry

England Women's Team Demands Gender Test on Pakistan Players

Universities UK Withdraws Advice on Gender Segregation in Lectures

Women Islamists Challenge Egypt’s Army-Backed Rule

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


A Secret History of Women’s Freedom
Gillian Tett

....what the long-forgotten Silk Road tale also shows is that women’s status and rights can sometimes change, even in unexpected places; the west does not have a monopoly on promoting gender reform. More important still, campaigns to improve women’s rights never occur in a vacuum; they shake the nails of our social structures too. Which is what can sometimes make the issue so exhilarating, emotive and deeply challenging – in the modern world as in 1920s Samarkand….


I Never Understood the ‘Feminist Types’
Rumana Husain

That We women, notwithstanding a small number of exceptions, were made for and are naturally suited to fulfil roles like those of a nurse, a cook, a seamstress, a washerwoman, all of which can (or must) be taken up within the secure boundaries of the house. And leave the world outside to be run by men, as disastrously as can be seen all around us! Really?....


Disadvantaged Saudi Women, yet They Call Us “Queens”
Candemir Çelik Headscarved Lawmaker

Child Marriage a Taboo For Turkey, Dutch Princess Says

UNICEF Award for Nine Brave Indian Young Girls

Our Borderline Is Driving Quad Bikes: Saudi Women

Hijab Liberated Me: Malaysian Playboy Model

Headscarved Women Can Become Turkish Ambassadors

Private Firms Open the Door to Saudi Women

Headscarved Lawmaker Takes the Floor for First Time at Turkish Parliament

Dearths Of Muslim Career Women

Turkish Fashion Label Wins Islamic Art Prize

Montana Woman Admits Pushing Husband off A Cliff to His Death

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


A Non-Muslim, I’m Wearing a Hijab to Make a Statement
Nora Jaffary

Every colleague I spoke to was supportive. And since that first day wearing the Hijab, I have been wearing it at Concordia, in my workplace, every working day since. Some students seem surprised. I’m not sure if they think this is what a professor should be doing, or if they believe that it is an inappropriate action for a non-Muslim….

Skydiving: Aseefa Zardari 'Jumps For Humanity'
Aseefa Zardari

Release of Alexandria Girls Sparks More Controversy

Baroness Warsi arrives in Dhaka

Demand for Women-Only Buses in Istanbul

In Afghanistan, Women's Progress in Freefall

League in Harmony As Girls Take To the Field in Australia

Political Will Needed to Tackle Violence against Women and Children in Africa

Tanzania: FGM - When Women Suffer in the Name of Tradition

Parents Worry over Invasion of Children’s Privacy from Online Learning, Says Survey

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


How One Tiny Radio Station Hopes To Change the Way Palestine Treats Its Women
Louisa Peacock

Perhaps surprisingly, Gangat tells me she rarely receives any criticism or complaints about what is broadcast, or the nature of the topics talked about. "Of course it's a challenge, but we are very sensitive to the environment we're in. We're trying to create a gradual evolution – [male] taxi drivers, public transport workers – they all listen to us."....


Law Students of Saudi Arabia Raise Awareness on Abuse Laws
Afghan student Farishta Hellali

‘State Of Women in the Pakistan Punjab Is Deplorable’

Somalia Court Sentences 'Rape Victim'

UNFPA calls for review of judicial practices surrounding sexual behaviour in the Maldives

Key trial challenges legality of French veil ban

Watchdog fines Turkey’s ‘Desperate Housewives’ over sexual innuendo

Why the UK Needs To Help Deliver on Women’s Rights in Afghanistan

Pak Government Urged To Eradicate Discrimination against Women

One Billion Rising’s Bid To End Violence Against Women

5 Great Female Human Rights Activists in MENA

Arab Ambassadors' Wives Visit Needy Beijing Children

Top NGOs Failing Middle Eastern Women

Afghan Student from the University Of Bath Wants To Help Rebuild Her Country

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


In Afghanistan, Women Betrayed
Heather Barr

For vulnerable Afghan women, things are only getting worse. One recently proposed law revision would ban victims of crime from testifying against family members — effectively preventing all prosecutions for domestic violence and forced or underage marriage....

Muslims should abandon or compromise their beliefs, but, it is about being consistent, practical and realistic with our efforts to positively integrate and contribute while being faithful to our unique religious identity. Most, if not all Muslims living in the UK consider Britain to be their home; this is where they were born and Allāh knows best if they will also die here; therefore we must behave and carry ourselves in a manner that is conducive to our faith and our context……


Egypt's Trouble with Women
Alaa Al Aswany

Why is it that men did not harass Egyptian women when they wore short skirts but that sexual harassment has increased against women in head scarves? When ultraconservative doctrine dehumanizes women, reducing them to objects, it legitimizes acts of sexual aggression against them.....

Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving?
Amal Awad

From exhibitions and seminars that tout hackneyed phrases like "beyond the veil" and or calls to feminist arms from western "sisters" who want to free the oppressed Muslim woman, there seems little real interest in the intricacies of the lives of Muslim women. For the most part, these nods to Muslim women's humanity seem piecemeal and tokenistic…….


Throughout the Muslim world, a groundswell of feminist sentiment is growing among women who are seeking to reclaim Islam and the Quran for themselves. For decades, many women believed they had to choose between their Muslim identity and their belief in gender equality. It was an impossible choice—one that involved betraying either their faith or their feminist consciousness. Four years ago, a global movement called Musawah—“equality” in Arabic—began to make the case that women can fight for justice and equality from within Islamic tradition. For many Muslim women, this came as a revelation…….

16 Pregnant Teenagers Rescued From Nigeria 'Baby Factory'
Hijab for Muslim police officers, as depicted in t

Brazil: Prostitute Aged 14 Used By Workers at England World Cup Venue

Female Genital Mutilation a 'Huge Problem' In U.K

Canadian Non-Muslim Woman Wears A Hijab to Make A Statement

20 Saudi Women Fill Jobs Left By Expat Engineers

Court Verdicts In Favour Of Women ‘Not Being Enforced’

Edmonton Police Approve Newly Designed Uniform Hijab for Female Officers

Afghan Law Barring Violence against Women Stalls, UN Says

Tanzania: How FGM Rituals Keep Maasai Women At Bay

Pakistan Fashion Casts Off 'Dark Cloud' Of Extremism

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


(Don't wait too long, or else he/she will be taken). This old saying from a song is totally unsuitable for early marriages among teenagers nowadays ... Pure nonsense!," says National Council of Women's Organisations Malaysia (NCWO) deputy president, Dato' Faridah Khalid to Malaysian Digest yesterday. She was shocked and sad with some of the teenagers who marry young and think that they are not qualified to assume the responsibilities of married couples. They are like little children who still need care. They're not ready for any eventuality. They do not know the real responsibilities as husband and wife......

Poor and Vulnerable, Syrian Refugee Families Push Girls into Early Marriage
Shamima Ali

Poor Children, Women Used As Proxy Activists during Strikes in Bangladesh

Beauticians in Saudi Arabia Want Work Permits without Sponsor

Arab Nations Adopt Declaration against Gender-Based Violence

Malaysia: Disallowing Child Marriages Is the Right Thing to Do

Arab Women Have Strong Potential of Raising the Standard Of Living

ESCWA Meeting Focuses On Arab Women Empowerment, Gender Equality

'Women Were Beaten In the Queues' - Kenyan Politician Speaks About 2013 Elections

Somaliland's First Maternity Hospital Gives Hope to Women

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


Somewhere On the Internet, Muslim Women Are Being Shamed
Rabia Chaudry

I am really sorry that you vivacious, happy, dynamic, stylish, and I’m sure very bright young women are being brutally examined and analyzed with laser-like tenacity, and about as much empathy. It stinks to high heaven that you are being accused of promoting racism (poor song choice, but I know it had little to do with you), elitism, classism, fat shaming, immodesty, and essentially the downfall of our entire Ummah…..

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  • Dear Sultan Shahin Sahib, Well said. ‘Barelvi’ Sufi Sunni Muslims do not allow their followers to sit in company of Wahhabis and Deobandis and neither ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Excellent article! Harsh Mander, the pro-Muslim humdard, and Ramchandra Guha, the secularist....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Quite a poignant discourse! From education to social milieu, contextual rather than other matters...
    ( By Meera )
  • Heart and soul is resting in body,what to do? Ummat?'
    ( By Ramsi Nh Thakur )
  • Anybody who does not believe in Islam will burn in hell fire. This is the core message of Islam. All great people of the world ...
    ( By Prince Koul )
  • محترم عزیز غلام رسول دہلوی صاحب حفظک اللہ آپ کا کام قابل ستائش ہے۔مجھے خبر ملی ہے کہ اسی مضمون کے اوپر آپ کو دھمکیاں ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • محترم غلام رسول دہلوی صاحب، پوری دنیا بھر میں اکثر لوگوں کو پتہ ہی نہیں کہ وہابی عقائد کے متبعین آخر کیوں صوفی سنی مسلمانوں ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • محترم غلام رسول دہلوی صاحب، پوری دنیا بھر میں اکثر لوگوں کو پتہ ہی نہیں کہ وہابی عقائد کے متبعین آخر کیوں صوفی سنی مسلمانوں ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • A thoughtful article on the intrusive roles of Turkish government bureaucracies....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • It is your view. But that doesn't mean it is true. You are consoling yourself. Get out of comfort zone. It is not middle age ...
    ( By Bilhan Kaul )
  • Your religious book is written by people but in Muslim. Quran is Almighty words send through Angle and words copied on pages and made in ...
    ( By Abu Basim Khan )
  • @Khan But who has written godly books. People. So it is not fault of people but religion. Your kind of lozic is simple. Which you ...
    ( By Bilhan Kaul )
  • What is true Islam I explained. Not depend on practice. In religious book written theft,lies etc are prohibited and crime ....
    ( By Abu Basim Khan )
  • Are you preaching Khan sahib. That Islam has no place for this or that. Your imagination is out of tune with reality. Wishes are not ...
    ( By Bilhan Kaul )
  • Echo the views of Jayaram, who has well nailed the ghettoistic mindset of radicalised Muslims who abhor everything progressive in ....
    ( By Akhtar Imam )
  • @Jayaram Shriyan give more respect to lakhs of women abandoned by majority community without divorce. give respect and rehabilitate ....
    ( By Iqbal Husain )
  • @ Jayaram Shriyan u read Quran and Hadith ie Prophet saying.Muslims women have full liberty and more power compare to Men.Thats why ....
    ( By Abu Basim Khan )
  • My Muslim brethren, all that you have to do is give more freedom of choice to your mothers and sisters within the ....
    ( By Jayaram Shriyan )
  • Islam has no place for sectarianism or insurgency. It should, infact, be responsibility of the religious leaders ....
    ( By Abu Basim Khan )
  • Very informative. God bless you'
    ( By Syed Ali Shahid Rizvi )
  • Kraipak Author knows "0" about what sufism actually is. Sufi is a big ....
    ( By Mehraj Ul Haq )
  • No one can dare to cleanse the theology of Islam.'
    ( By Behare Lal Dhar )
  • Egoist party'
    ( By Rama Prakash Mishra )
  • U P OJHA My comment isn't related to you, but the Muslims only.'
    ( By Mas'ud Al-Hyderi )
  • @Mas'ud Al-Hyderi If islam quits the philosophy of cutting throats of other religions, world become Islamic.....
    ( By U.p. Ojha )
  • رسول اللہ ﷺ نے فرمایا، ’’اپنی امت کیلئے واحد چیز جس کا مجھے خوف ہے وہ گمراہ رہنما ہیں (جو لوگوں کو گمراہی کی طرف ...
    ( By Mas'ud Al-Hyderi )
  • How to go with terrorism in the name of Islam? This is all political fabricated n the results of our weaknesses n lack of unity ...
    ( By Nizam Elahi )
  • You need to listen to scholars like sheikh Muhammad Al yaqoubi, Sheik yahya Al Ninouvi, and Sheikh Hamza Yousuf.... Nothing more to say....
    ( By Saddam Patel )
  • Only radical thought needs Sufi ( moderate) . Moderate d open thought needs no Sufism .'
    ( By Arun Sharma )
  • The sufi word, actually means the inner felling of soul, and follow only the right path of prophet S. A. W, and adopting the methods ...
    ( By Muzamil Gul )
  • Kuldeep Madaan ji, One thing you have said well but if you don’t use the right method while understanding the Quran, Sunnah or sira—the terms ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • nothing to do with islam folks. nothing to see here. keep that line moving.'
    ( By hats off! )
  • The link of Tahirul Qadri’s speech on wahdatul wujud and wahdatush shuhud....
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Dear Sultan Shahin sahib, Since you have quoted Dr. Tahirul Qadri in your article, please listen to his speech on the idea of Wahdatul wujud ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Prof. Naim is right about what the facts are. One must also juxtapose...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • It does not take much scholarship to see that the article is written with a particular objective in mind. The data is provided....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Of course women should make their own decisions regarding what....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Guha is right. The difference between Guha and Mander is that the former is secular and the latter is pro-Muslim. We ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • I am completely in tune with Mr. Ghulam Mohiyuddin that no religion should claim superiority. All the religions...
    ( By P.S. Bhandari )
  • Science is progressing at a tremendous speed.It does not have a prophet.Anyone can propose anything with...
    ( By dr.A.Anburaj )