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Islam, Women and Feminism

Saudi Shoura Council Restores Equal Financial Rights to Women
Zainab al-Khawaja

Sudan MP Calls for Banning Females from Sports

Israel Names First Female Ambassador to Muslim Country

Emirati Designer ‘Jumps the Fence’ To Rome Fashion Week

Unsafe Abortions in Pakistan: Risky Business

Bahrain pro-democracy activist Zainab al-Khawaja 'given new jail term'

Angelina Jolie Urges U.N. Security Council to Act on War Zone Rape

Muslim Christian Women's Network launched in Leicester

Ethiopian Maid Kills Saudi Sponsor’s Minor Girl

Newly-Wed Woman Dies of Acid Burns in Pakistan

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


From A Caged Adolescence to Literary Fame
Maria Caspani

In Muslim communities in southern India, so-called minority laws make it impossible for authorities to intervene and stop child marriages, Salma told Thomson Reuters Foundation in Sheffield. "I have stopped many (child) marriages – Hindu's only," she said. "I couldn't intervene in Muslim communities' child marriages." Salma's husband beat her up and once again she was forbidden to leave home. ….

Woman and Hefazat-e-Islam
Rebecca Haque

We must not ever forget, however, that our Prophet (pbuh) himself had the utmost respect for women, and sought the wisdom of the experience of worldly commerce in his bond with his first wife. His daughter, the inestimable Fatima, mother of Hassan and Hussein, was the jewel of his days of preaching the faith....


Most Asian countries observe restrictive Islamic laws that prohibit women from participating in societal and economic developments. However, feminism offered channels where women would address their grievances and fight for gender equality in the modern setting. Although the feminist practices were unpopular in Islamic nations due to fears of victimisation…


Islamic Fashion Gaining Popularity in Moscow
Tahmima Anam

Al-Qaida-linked Gunmen abduct 2 sisters in southern Philippines

‘Better Access to Information Does Little to Help Women in Pakistan’: Aurat Foundation

Women Reps in Local Govt of Bangladesh Face Gender Discrimination

Non – Saudi Woman Married To a Saudi Moves Court for Custody of Her Girls

‘First Lady’ of Malaysia: Leave Women’s Issues Alone

Tahmima’s Story Wins Praise in Indian Daily

Marriage Fund, Emirates ID Organise Mass Wedding

Leading female Libyan activist wins international prize

Five-year-old girl raped in Islamabad

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


Pakistani Actress, Bushra Burned In Acid Attack
Hannah Yeoh

Girl’s Islamic Organization Protests Condemning Gang Rape of Medico at Manipal

Lowering Marriageable Age of Muslim Women by Karnataka Govt. Flayed

Female Journalist Sexually Assaulted in East Jakarta

Bikini-Clad Woman Joins Standing Protesters in Istanbul's Taksim Square

Safe Houses Fail to Protect Battered Saudi Women

More Urban Women Join the Workforce in Turkey

Hannah Yeoh Malaysia’s First Woman State Speaker

AMU Women Teachers Present Papers in Hong Kong University

Another Feat for Saudi Women Professionals

Woman in Pakistan Set On Fire ‘By Husband, In-Laws’ Critical

Birth Anniversary of Sufia Kamal a Pioneer of Women’s Rights in Bangladesh Observed

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


'Men Look Like They Want to Hit Muslim Woman', Believes Tony Blair's Sister-In-Law
Lauren Booth

An Indian State Govt Defends Underage Muslim Marriages

Egypt Girl's Death Puts Spotlight on Genital Mutilation

6 Muslims Sentenced to Community Service for Gang Rape of 15 Year Old Swedish Girl

Indonesian Police Set To Lift Ban on Hijab While on Duty

First Saudi woman attains aircraft dispatcher license

Muslim Women Sentenced to Hard Labour in Myanmar “Insulting Religion”

Islamic Preschools Take on a New Look In Malaysia

Muslim Girls Access Malawi Education

'She Died Doing What She Felt the Lord Called Her to Do'

Kabul's Beauticians Make Up Their Own Rules

‘Divine Empowerment’ For Muslim Women

Nigeria: CP Wants Women to Assist Police Command

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


Those Poor Muslim Women
Josh Shahryar

I don’t hate Femen. I have no problems with people bearing their chest in protest. It’s their human right. What I do have a problem with is how Femen’s work in Tunisia is being used to define Tunisian women. Local women’s rights activists and organisations are ignored because this fits the Western media narrative that Muslim women are oppressed, but cannot help themselves. The image of those “poor Muslim women,” gets forcefully embedded in your mind whether you want it or not – this time through Femen….


Gas Stations in Xinjiang, Bar Veil-Wearing Muslim Women
Folksinger Joan Baez

Burma Imprisons Two Muslim Women for Sparking Okkan Unrest

Muslim Woman Suffers Miscarriage after Attack in France

Women big part of UAE culture

Egyptian sexual harasser sentenced to three months in absentia

Mercy Mission Malaysia to Host International Women Conference

Bangladesh PM: Be Vocal on Women’s Rights, Gender Parity

Morocco: “Little Maids” But Big Victims

Salma's Tale: From A Caged Adolescence to Literary Fame

In The Artery outside the High Court, Everyone Marches to This Woman’s Beat

Desperate Search for Missing Girl Injured In Quetta Attacks

America's Rebel Folksinger Supports Turkish Protesters By Interpreting 'Imagine'

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


Being a housewife can be a form of worship. Being a stay-at-home-mom can be a form of worship. Being a working wife and mother can be a form of worship. Being an unmarried female student can be a form of worship. Being a divorced female doctor, a female journalist, Islamic scholar, film director, pastry chef, teacher, veterinarian, engineer, personal trainer, lawyer, artist, nurse, Qur’an teacher, psychologist, pharmacist or salon artist can each be a form of worship. Just being an awesome daughter can be a form of worship….


Pakhtun Women: Does WANA Stand For ‘Women Are Not Allowed’?
Mureeb Mohmand

Pakhtuns, and especially the tribals, state that they have no such respect and sometimes even consider that WANA stands for ‘Women Are Not Allowed’. But the fact is that Pakhtuns are more liberal than others in this respect....


France's Burqua Ban Sparks Violence, Pregnant Woman Attacked For Covering Her Face
Aseefa Bhutto Zardari

Woman jailed for forcing minor into prostitution

Malawi Muslims Fall in Love with Hijab

Expert Claims Court Had Right to Demand Woman Remove Her Burqa

Kosovo Imam's Comments on Women Spark Criticism

Norway becomes first NATO country to draft women into military

The Political Rise of Azerbaijan's First Lady

Is Aseefa Going To Be The New Heir To The PPP Throne?

Saudi Women Seek Reforms to End Inheritance Injustices

PML-N Submits List of Female Candidates for Reserved Seats

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


Islam Does Not Subjugate Women: Look at Khaleda Zia, Sheikha Hasina Wajid, Megawathi Sukarnaputhri, and A Number of Other Muslim Women in High Positions
Khaleda Zia, Sheikha Hasina Wajid and Megawathi Sukarnaputhri

If one reads the Holy Qur’an in the correct context, God in his divine wisdom did not grant Muslim men the carte blanche right to marry more than one woman willy nilly. The Qur’an permits Muslim men to marry up to four women under certain circumstances and strict conditions. This has been ordained clearly to dignify the status of orphans and for protection of women....


Only uniting together we will prevent the Tunisian legal handling of Femen activists from turning into a "witch hunt." We call on you to support our demand to the Tunisian authorities to immediately release all Femen activists from prison and call an end to repression by civilian leaders! Free Amina! Free Femen!...


Uzbek Woman Sentenced For Human Trafficking for Forced Prostitution
Ayesha Farooq, Pakistani fighter pilot

Muslim Women Group Demands Ban on Divorce Via Skype, Facebook

Jeddah Airport to Hire 500 Saudi Women

Foreign Husband Needs Saudi Wife’s Nod to Travel with Kids

Pakistan Fighter Pilot Wins Battle of Sexes, Now She’s Ready for War

Tunisian Court Gives 4 Months Prison Time to 3 Who Protested Topless

Extravagant Weddings Becoming a Norm in Pakistani Society

Pakistani Women Society to Spread Awareness on Legalisation Process

Woman Sought Over Slur on Agong to Turn Self In, Police Say

Curbing of Violence Top Demand of Female Voters in Khulna, Bangladesh

Media Can Empower Women: Plan Bangladesh Conference

Women’s Exodus from the Work Force in Malaysia, Not Just Brain

US-Islamic World Forum Calls to Boost Women’s Rights

National Council of Egypt Signs Off On Draft Law on Violence against Women

No female minister in KP as cabinet takes oath

Babson College, Dar Al-Hekma Join Forces For Women Empowerment

Pandya’s widow to seek fresh probe into her husband’s murder

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


Can a Woman be an Imam? Debating Form and Function in Muslim Women's Leadership
Ingrid Mattson

Islamic tradition is replete with references to the responsibility each Muslim bears for finding or establishing a group of Muslims with whom he or she can worship and fulfill communal obligations. According to the Qur'an (3:104, 110), it is within the community (Ummah) of believers that society can be transformed for the better. As is the case with many issues, however, the Qur'an gives only general guidelines, not details about the way Muslims should organise themselves and choose their leaders….

Middle Eastern and North African Women Need to Challenge Prevailing Restrictive and Legal Practices Not from the West, But From the Islamic Tradition Itself
Naila Missous

The role of women in society must be reviewed within the family and the community at large, enforced through the media and education. Oppression, or as it seems to the outside world looking in at the Middle East, is but a dainty word that needs to be broken down to understand. What one culture sees as oppression, another sees as liberation to women....


Exploitation of Women within Saudi Society Is Due To the Ignorance of True Values of Islam
Samar Fatany

According to Saudi social scientists, the reasons behind the exploitation of women by husbands and guardians within our society are mainly due to the ignorance of the true values of Islam that call on Muslims to show respect for every human being, man, woman and child. The failure to show equal respect for all people in society and the absence of deterrents to punish those who abuse the law are harming our social fabric and reflecting badly on our society......

Running With Women
Thoraia Abou Bakr

Just as we criticise men, we need to criticise our own female culture that derives pride from appearance and see how this affects little girls everywhere. Instead of worrying about how they look, I would like girls to worry about how they should think and act. That is the more important aspect of living.....


Afghan Parliament Rejects 'Un Islamic' Proposal Banning Men from Marrying Minor Girls
Mehmeet Syed

No cell phones for girls, no jeans for women: BJP MP

Pakistani Woman ‘Auctioned By Her In-Laws’ Recovered

Breaking All Barriers, Kashmiri Woman Singer to Make Bollywood Debut

Emirati Woman Public Relations Officer Accused of Torturing and Starving Maid to Death

Baby Can’t Go Home Until SR400, 000 Hospital Bill Is Settled

Absence of Maids Causes Panic Ahead Of Ramadan in Saudi Arabia

Palestinian Women Take Up Arms

Kuwaiti Court Gives Woman 11 Years in Jail for Insulting Emir

No Women Ministry in KP under PTI Govt

Parkour Life: Iranian Women Get Physical

Woman Who Risked Jail in Egypt to Fight against NGOs Crackdown

Victory for Israel's Women of the Wall after 25 Year Campaign

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Ali hopes Muslima might move from a virtual to a physical exhibition one day. In the meantime, she hopes simply that visitors to the site might recognise that Muslim women are more than what western media often makes them out to be. "These women are vibrant, courageous, and talented and engaged beings," she says. "They just so happen to also be Muslim."...


Fights for Women’s Suffrage outside the West
Rebecca Myers

There has been interesting commentary on the idea of a ‘cultural image’ of Saudi Arabian women – the classic image propagated in the West of an oppressed, submissive woman wearing a full Burqa – and possibly also this in the light of the Saudi nationality of many of the 9/11 bombers. Some Saudis have spoken of the idea of a poor international image due to their treatment of women....


When Women Are Denied Equal Rights , Everyone Is Worse Off
Melisande Couespel

Gender equality sparks passionate debate. Most of its detractors, often women themselves, say that gender equality contradicts their own traditions and religious beliefs. Gender equality is about empowering women to make their own choices and have an equal voice. It is about giving women who aspire to have a career different to that imposed by society the freedom to fulfill their own wishes....


Nigerian Gang Branded Women with Irons Then Forced Them to Sell Sex in Spain
Niloofar Rhmani

Domestic Violence Allowed Between 10 p.m. And 8 a. m

Hijab Phobia Engulfs Nigeria’s South West

Dubai Officials Warn Women about Marriage Cons

New Study Brings Violence against Indigenous Girls and Women into Focus

Head of Russian Muslim Women's Union Defends Right to Wear Headscarf

Niloofar Is the Afghan Air Force's First Female Graduate since The 1980s

Iranian Presidential Candidate’s Wife an Electoral Asset

‘Women Education Essential to National Development’

Tunisia Trial of Femen Women Adjourned

150 Couples Tie the Knot at Asir Event

First all-women police station opens in Arunachal

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


Essence of Major Religions from a Feminist Perspective
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

 The prime concern of Theological Feminism in every religion is to strive for the elimination of bias and discrimination against women that may exist in any form, with comprehensive study of, and progressive insight into religious scriptures that are supportive of feminism in general, and gender based equality in particular. One of the key objectives of theological feminism is elevating the position of women among clergy and religious authorities recognising their active role in interpretation and dissemination of the religion’s sacred texts and teachings....

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