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Islam, Women and Feminism

Tunisian Former Mufti: Women Are the Victims of Wahhabi Thoughts, Jihad of Nikah
Malaysian Beauty Pageant

Muzaffarnagar's Muslim Women Seek Safety through Marriage

Send Books Not Guns, Malala Yousafzai Pleads At UN

Qatar Airways ‘Requires’ Hostesses to Get Permission before Marrying

Afghan Women Gain Education and Rights but Still Face Abuse, Forced Marriages

First Sexual Health Curriculum Launched In Pakistan by Hayat-Lifeline Campaign

Women 'Unqualified' To Drive: Saudi Police

How a Malaysia Miss Entered the World Muslim Women Beauty Pageant

No Bikinis or Medals in Beach Volleyball in Jakarta

7 Get Life Term for Raping In Ctg, Bogra

820 Hapless Bangladeshi Women To Get Jobs For Five Years

‘White Widow’ Samantha Lewthwaite Rented Property in South Africa

Saudi Arabia Worst on Women’s Legal Issues: Report

Saudi Woman Breaks Male Monopoly in Construction

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


Tiptoeing Around Islam and a Ban on Muslim Women Wearing the Veil
Benedict Brogan

Nothing illustrates better the anxiety of the British political classes in 2013 than the debate – if that's the word – about the wearing of the veil. The issue has been circling overhead like a flight stuck in a holding pattern over Heathrow, waiting to land. Unrelated events have joined to give the issue critical mass….

Behind The Veil
Irfan Husain

Behind The Veil
Irfan Husain

The entire discussion has put liberals and feminists on the spot: on the one hand, they defend the right of women to dress as they please. But they also deplore Muslim women being forced to cover themselves up by family and social pressure. However, the reality is that in most cases, many young Muslim women born and raised in the UK choose to wear the Hijab or headscarf, and more rarely, the Niqab or the full Burqa. In most cases, this attire is worn more as a badge of identity than a religious duty....


Atrocities against Women in Pakistan
I.A Rehman

It is common knowledge that the rape of women in Pakistan is not merely one of the offences committed by individual criminals; it is also a weapon to be used to subjugate weaker people and to humiliate adversaries in tribal/feudal conflicts. Sociologists and psychologists could tell us about the factors that are keeping alive in our society the feudal attitudes towards women, the tendency to treat them as chattel….


Spare Us a 'National Debate' On Veils
Simon Jenkins

Many Britons clearly resent what they perceive as newcomers eager to benefit from British public services yet refusing to accept even a minimum of conformity. Others cherish freedom in all its forms, including sometimes the freedom to behave in what might be considered by others an illiberal fashion....

Saudi Women Gain New Reforms
Irfan Al-Alawi and Stephen Schwartz

Against the expectation of many observers, social change continues in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Recent reforms have particularly affected the status of women. At the end of August, the Saudis took a remarkable and surprising step by criminalizing domestic violence. As reported in the London Independent, the Saudi cabinet “passed a ban on domestic violence and other forms of abuse against women for the first time in the Kingdom’s history.”…


West Should Ban Niqab
Tarek Fatah

No less an authority than Egypt’s late Sheikh Mohamed Tantawi, dean of al-Azhar university, stated the Niqab was merely a cultural tradition and that it had no connection to Islam or the Qur’an. If there is any doubt about the religiosity of the Niqab and Burqua, one should take a look at the holiest place for Muslims, the grand mosque in Mecca, the Ka’aba….


Why Muslim Women Are Key to Tackling Extremism
Samina Ali

I can't help but wonder where are the Muslim women in our conversation about 9/11, about the future and about peace? Because I know that if they were at the heart of that dialogue, the world would be very different....

Misplaced Blame
Aisha Fayyazi Sarwari

Misplaced Blame
Aisha Fayyazi Sarwari

Nothing could be more dangerous as a trend than to blame women and small strides in their empowerment for heinous crimes committed by men. But this is the all-pervasive mentality that Pakistan has been brewing since the Zia era. Take for example the public eating in Ramzan or the excessive policing of minorities, hounding them for possible blasphemy....

Hijab Hegemony – A Fashion Heads Up!
Ahlya Fateh

I do not profess to be a scholar of Islam, just a follower. I know women who wear the Hijab and those who do not and have always maintained that it is a personal choice and that as we are all at different points in our own spiritual journeys, so we choose our own routes to enlightenment….


Fully Veiled Women Hinder Progressive Islam
Yasmin Alibhai Brown

This is a struggle between the light of the faith and dark forces here and also in Islamic countries. The clothes symbolize an attempted takeover of the religion just when believers are looking for liberty, autonomy, democracy and gender equality. Malala Yousafzai doesn’t hide her determined face. Nor do our female Muslim MPs and peers or civil rights lawyers….

Saudi Islamic Ministry Seeks Female Dawah Workers
Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina

Birmingham College Caves In Over Ban on Students Wearing Veils

Include Physical Education, Girls’ Saudi Minister of Education

Indonesian Miss World Pageant Threatened By Hard-Line Islamists

Senior Police Woman Gunned Down In Afghanistan

Muslim Women’s Rights Have Changed Over the Years

Maha Ali Kazmi a Kashmiri Girl Rocks In Pakistan

Many Lingerie Shops in Medina Refusing To Hire Women

Bangladesh PM For Women’s Equal Role in Political Decision

A Charity Is Giving Afghan Women the Chance to Make and Sell Traditional Jewellery

Saudi Women in Real Estate Sector ‘Marginalised’

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


‘Muslimah World’: Indonesians Hold Islam’s Answer to Miss World
Bangladeshi Woman Yesha Bibi

Tajik Woman Detained For Recruiting Fighters for Jihad

Bill to Stop Child Marriages in Sindh, Pakistan Soon

UN Agency Says there’s ‘Backlash’ Against Equality for Women

Sidra Symposium Calls For Focus on Breastfeeding as National Initiative In Qatar

Women More Prone To Depression: Shrink

Bangladeshi Woman Discovers Her Relatives after 35 Years in Pakistan

Saudi Who Had a Run-In with Haia Claims Harassment

Palestinian Seeks Husband’s Body, Held by Syrian Rebels

New Breast Cancer Drug Approved

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


‘Pakistan Anti-Terrorism Courts To Try Acid Attack Cases’
Shirin Gerami, first Iranian female triathlete

J&K Girls Not Scared Of 'Unsafe' Delhi, Says Home Secretary

Miss World Organisers Say Bali Final 'Impossible'

Sirleaf an example for African women: Pranab Mukherjee

Astronaut Hunt Turns into Sexist Nightmare for Female Finalist

New Rights for Non-Saudi Moms May Benefit Saudi Mothers, Too

U.S. Ambassador’s Wife Touches the Lives of Saudi Women

Pakistan Axes ‘Immoral’ Cell Phone Love Chat

Tajiks Accuse Woman of Aiding IMT, Detain Alleged Human Trafficker

Three Maldivian Girl Guides Awarded Organisation’s Highest National Award

Children of A Lesser God - Let's Call the Barbarity for What It Is

Iran Allows First Female Triathlete to Compete For Country

Women’s Rights as Part of Global Vision, UfM Says

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


German Court Rules Muslim Girls Must Join Swimming Classes with Boys
Baroness Sayeeda Warsi

Many Palestinian Women Surrender Inheritance for Marriage

Female Police to Protect Egyptian Women against Sexual Harassment

UK Officials Must Stop 'Tip-Toeing Around Race in Sex-Gangs'

UK's 'First Female Muslim Minister' Promotes Women in Leadership in the UAE

Birmingham College Niqab Ban: There’s more Than Meets the Eye?

First Black African Woman Nominated For Booker Prize

Afghan Film Aims to Break Rape Taboo

Women ‘Rising Stars Of Emerging World’

How Israel Stopped Trafficking in Women

Women’s Complaints Units Still Struggling with Filing Firs in Peshawar, Pak

NA-5, NA-27 By-Polls: EC of Pak Inquiries Find No Women Vote Bar

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


UK College Bans Muslim Students from Wearing Veils
UK College Bans Muslim Students from Wearing Veils

7 Sisters Fled Riot Mob, 'Father Didn't Make It'

Girl Arrested In Tehran for Wearing Union Jack Nail Polish

Quebec: Ban religious headwear in government jobs

Malala painting unveiled at London's National Portrait Gallery

I love Bali: Miss World: The off switch is there for a reason

Dubai Municipality Opens Nursery for Staff Members

The Local Women inside a Refugee Camp Making the Media Their Own

Ex-Iran Hostage Crisis Spokeswoman Named As VP

64pc victims of child marriage in Bangladesh: Study

Hizb-ut Tawhid female activists held in Bangladesh

Defying hearing and speech impairment, Asha remains a hope

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


Afghanistan: A New Dark Age for Women
Ajit Kumar Singh

Women are in a worse condition now. Every day they are being killed, having their ears, noses cut. It is not just women in villages - it is also people like me. It will be a huge tragedy if the world will forget about Afghan women altogether after the drawdown. We must remove fundamentalism from Afghanistan. The world should remember that the fire from here might not reach their country, but the smoke will….


Sudan Woman Risks Flogging To Protest 'Taliban'-Like Law
Sudanese woman Amira Osman Hamed

Death of Eight-Year-Old Yemeni Bride Causes Anger

Female Drug Addiction on the Rise in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Mulls Granting Women Access to Stadia

A Space for Silenced Voices in Swat’s First Women Assembly

Trendy Abayas Pushing Burqas Out of Fashion

Tahera Ahmad Is First Woman to Recite Quran at ISNA Convention

Against The Odds, Miss World Starts In Indonesia after Muslim Protests

Syria Strike Threats Cast Shadow over New School Term

Ethiopian Woman in Saudi Arabia Jailed For Five Months for 'Illicit Affair'

Hijab Exhibition Held in Pakistan

Cella Platform Connects Professional Saudi Women

British-Pakistani Woman ‘Killed’ By Husband in Mirpur

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Working Women and Islam
Hoda Al Saadi and Omaima Abu Bakr

In short, women were out in the streets buying, selling, concluding partnership, lending money, renting properties and mixing liberally with men. They came into direct contact with the men in the market and conducted their work independently without any intermediary Wakil (agent). Their work and behaviour in the market was subject to the inspection of the Muhtasib (the market inspector) just as men's was. ...

Workplace Sexual Harassment Complaints Up Forty Five Percent in Past Jewish Year
Afghan MP Fariba Ahmadi Kakar

Religion-Free Egyptians Should Play Part in Politics

Taliban To Sushmita: Why Did You Write Nasty Things?

No Expats in Women’s Tailor Shops: MOL

Bangladesh: Empowerment of Women at Local Govt Urged

Islamabad: Court Awards Custody of Two Teenage Sisters to Mother

Domestic Violence Turns a Saudi Woman’s Life into Hell

3,666 Divorces for 183 Marriages in Eastern Province

Afghan Female MP Released From Taliban Captivity

Critics Savage Movie on Diana’s Affair with a Pakistani Muslim Doctor

Indonesia Moves Miss World Final to Bali

Egypt’s Underground Sisterhood

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


Taliban Killed Sushmita Banerjee For Not Wearing Burqa?
Usman Akram, Born as a Girl

Nigerian Islamic Scholar Warns On Ban of Early Marriage

Jeddah: Women’s Forum in Eastern Region Warns of Dangers Posed by Drugs

Indian Cops Rescue Bangladeshi Girl Forced Into Prostitution, Arrest 3

A Pakistani wife who now wants a wife for 'himself'

Schools Are Exempted From Laws Concerning Sexual Discrimination.

Syria’s First Lady Shows Peace and Love on Instagram

Guardians’ Agreement for Saudi Women’s Employment Finds Few Takers

ATC Rejects Bail for the Wife of the Accused in the Jinnah Avenue Stand-Off

Tunisian Women Claim Discriminatory Security Procedures

Domestic Violence against Palestinian Women on Rise in Gaza

No Priority for Women in Employment, Says Saudi Ministry

Pakistan Ladies Club Hosts Grand Ladies Get-Together

Rapist Imam Gets Life Term

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

British Sikh Girls at Risk of 'Sexual Grooming'
Indian Diarist Sushmita Banerjee

Saudi Female Graduate Stages Sit-In for a Job

Miss World Organizers Say Show Will Go On Despite Indonesia Protests

Kerala, an Indian State, Scuttling Education Prospects Of Muslim Women'

Botswana Women Win Landmark Right to Inherit Under Customary Law

Israeli Religious Schools Balk At Sex Education

Indian Diarist Sushmita Banerjee Shot Dead In Afghanistan

Wedding Crasher: Curfew Impacts Egyptians’ Bridal Plans

Afghans to Build Women's-Only Park

New Turkish Laws Target Women Special

Sierra Leone: Action Aid Commissions Report on Women's Right to Land

Bradford Businesswoman to Speak At Women's Rights Conference

Specialised Training for Women’s Bridge Team Begins

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


Lady Gaga As an Ally for Muslims
Keziah Ridgeway

In addition, sexualising the Burqa seems to disempower women who wear it for religious purposes. It risks giving the Burqa meaning that takes away or overrides the meaning women who wear it have for the garment, especially given Gaga’s agency as an international celebrity. It’s reminiscent of Orientalist discourse, in which Europe interpreted the Arab world for others through an inferior, sexualised lens and passed it off as scholarship using their agency as academics and explorers. ...


India’s SIT to Probe Arab National's Marriage with Minor Girl
Maldives First Lady Ilham Hussain

Some Restaurants in Jeddah Employing Female Hostesses despite Ban

53 Percent of Pakistani Women Want Motorbikes

Won't Tolerate Child Marriages: Indian Social Welfare Minister

Committing To Real Change for Women and Children in Malaysia

7 New Girls’ Schools to Be Opened In N. Jeddah

Saudi Ministry to Tackle Transport of Female Factory Workers

Pakistan Government to Launch Women Empowerment Initiatives

MDP files complaint against First Lady of Maldives

Kenya: Muslim girls School Campus Ready

High Hopes for Victims of Female Genital Mutilation

Interpreter Gives Voice To Afghan Women

Iran: Conservatives in Ruckus over Women's Rugby

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Of Women and Ambition
Nisha Sharmeen Ali

However, embracing ambition at the personal level is not the ultimate answer in the long run to the issue of women securing their legitimate positions in general. For that to happen, the sine qua non is the successful democratic movement aimed at pervasive political, economic and cultural equality of men and women at every sphere — familial, social and national….


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