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Islam, Women and Feminism

The Unique Advantage of Female War Reporters in Muslim Countries
Emma Barnett

At the start of the latest Israel-Gaza conflict last week, Greenwood, a freelance reporter based in Jaffa, Tel Aviv, said the majority of the correspondents first on the ground were women and what’s even better, it’s no longer remarkable. “I think this high number of female correspondents in a conflict zone is as a result of gender-equality finally filtering down – making it totally normal for women to report from the front line,” she explains....


More than a Religious Practice the Hijab and the Burqa Is a Social Statement
Nadeem F. Paracha

More than a religious practice, both the hijab and the burqa, is a social statement. And a defensive one, as opposed to being defiant. So, for example, a hijab-clad woman may be interacting with a number of secular-materialistic situations, her hijab here becomes a statement suggesting that she has not lost her Islamic identity in the amoral commotion....


British Muslim Radicals Join Campaign against Shot Teenager Malala

Wife of the emir of Qatar Spearheads Effort to Educate 61 Million Children

Hundreds of Irish Women Forced To Come To Britain for Abortions

The Day I Saw 248 Girls Suffering Genital Mutilation

Gulf Female Journalists Forum to Kick Off In Kuwait Today

'Pearls' helps African girls 

Women Domestics Protest In Cameroon Saying ‘Enough Is Enough!’

Indonesia: Parents of Street Kids Will Be Jailed

Body of nurse killed in road accident in Saudia flown to India

Health Week in Pakistan to Cut Child, Mother Death Rate

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Indonesia: Parents of Street Kids Will Be Jailed


Good-Looking Girls on Facebook Are Attempting To Infiltrate Palestinian Computers

Wearing Hijabs and Sending Women Back To the Middle Ages Not Our Path: Kazakh President

Saudi Women Get U.S. ‘Victim Visas’ Following Family Disputes

Saudi Arab: There Is No Real Obstacle in Issuing Ids for Women

Two girls arrested for Facebook post on Mumbai shutdown granted bail

Eighth Nizam of Hyderabad’s daughter stakes claim to Rs 2,000 crore assets

Star student Sitara Akbar of Pakistan: A teen icon like Malala

Indian Wives seek UK lawyer's help to free 2 'PoWs' from Pak jail

More Women in Saudi Arabia Working From Home as Entrepreneur

 ‘Expanding lives’ for African women

Saudi Arabia's Haifa Fears Rise of Islamic Conservatives May Impact Filmmaking

Unemployed nurses in Bangladesh threaten to go for fast-unto-death

Bangladeshi Security guard accused of sexually molesting Philippine woman in flat

Arab Women Leadership Forum opens in Dubai

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev

Six Indian Women's Kidneys Put On Sale for Blood Money in Saudi Arabia

Tashkent’s Students Undergo Pregnancy Tests after Recent Cases of Childbirth

Uzbek Presidential Daughter Presents Fashion in Beijing

297m African Women and Girls Lack Adequate Sanitation-Water Aid

60,000 Women in Pakistan Die Every Year during Pregnancy

Group launches anti-Shisha, a kind of Smoking in Saudi Arabia, campaign

Nigeria: Teach a Woman to Farm... and She Creates Jobs

Princess Ameerah attends the launch of a Global Education Initiative

Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi: A Force to Reckon With In the Male-Oriented Arab World

Dubai’s First Lady of Comedy Uses Art to Help Heal Others

She Went To Israel to Have Child in a ‘Peaceful’ Environment

Emirati female weightlifter dreams of Olympics

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel


Forcing Women to Sin in Turkey, Afghanistan and Pakistan

Hamas rocket kills Delhi rabbi’s wife

Iran Deputies to Mull Draft Law Restricting Women's Right to Travel

Somali women’s religious rights abused inside Somali embassy in Kenya

New helpline for Muslim women may be Canada’s first

Savita Halappanavar’s Parents Want Change in Irish Law

Malaysia hailed as role model for early childhood education

Egypt's Belly Dancer Mocks Islamist, Muslim Brotherhood Politicians

Fashion designer Hajra Hayat shows her peers how it's done

UAE Women Athletes Tipped For Bright Future

5,000 children celebrate Gulf Disabled Day

Malaysia Risks Losing Working Mothers

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: New helpline for Muslim women may be Canada’s first


We Muslims Have Competition: Catholics Could Be More Fanatical, Refuse Abortion, Kill Indian Woman
Savita Halappanavar

It seems we Muslims, at least the Talibani among us, a growing section, have competition. Catholics are challenging us in the competitive game of fanaticism.  And these are Catholics from the so-called developed world. Developed in technology, wealth, even what goes in the name of education, but no less idiotic than the worst of us. As a religious person myself, I am too aggrieved now at the callousness and ignorance of us humans to say anything more. Maybe later. Let me quote the view of the editors of Times of India which is always more balanced-- Editor


Times View

The debate in the Western world on abortion is often portrayed as one between the 'pro-life' and 'pro-choice' camps. As this case should illustrate to those who view an anti-abortion position as pro-life, that can often be a dangerously misplaced notion. In this specific case, it appears clear that the yet-to-be-born child's life was doomed whether or not an abortion had taken place. The mother's life, on the other hand, could have been saved had the abortion been done. The ban on abortion therefore ended up taking a life that need not have been lost. How does that square with viewing the ban as pro-life?...

Indeed, it would be gross discrimination and the height of inaccuracy to say that women in Muslim communities in the West and in the East, or in any society, are not suffering from injustice and inequality, and conditions like that necessitate a movement for women’s human rights, necessitate feminism, necessitate Islamisation. But what of the scholars, Islamists and feminists that make popular news? Indeed, I would ask, what of them?...


I Am Ashamed That Ireland's Medieval Abortion Law Still Stands
Emer O'Toole

"This is a Catholic country," she was allegedly told. As long as the foetal heart kept beating doctors would not grant her wish. It beat for three days. Halappanavar vomited, shook and collapsed. On the third day the weak sound faded to nothing and doctors removed the dead foetus. A week after she was first admitted to hospital, Halappanavar died of septicaemia....


Plight of Muslim Women: Challenge the Ill-Educated Theologians
M A Siraj

A series of obnoxious edicts from various seats of Islamic learning and devotion in recent years have sought to deny the Muslim women social space that the Indian Constitution guarantees to its citizens regardless of their caste, colour, gender and faith.... the Darul Uloom Deoband’s series of fatwas restricting women’s access to education, right to ride a bicycle and validation of triple talaq through SMS, emails and over cell phone, have continued to embarrass the enlightened Muslims....

It Began With A Myth: The Abaya and I
Rym Tina Ghazal

There are several social and religious codes. Some sociologists have told me that when Gulf women are seen without their shayla or headscarf, there is a general interpretation by their community that they are in some way "more open." "The abaya and shayla come together, and are expected to be worn together," said the expert. "So when a Gulf woman is seen without a shayla, she is likely to be judged and seen as unconventional."...

Women Staff in Pakistan – A Source of Increasing Sales for Retail Chains

30 Nigerian Girls Trafficked Into Mali Daily

'My Mother Is Dead. And It Was My Father, an Assad Loyalist Who Killed Her'

No longer damsels in distress, women add their names to the most-wanted list

Tunisian Youth Work to End Violence against Women

Muslim Student Association Hosts Public Lecture on Women’s Rights In Islam

Importance of Promoting Women’s Education Stressed

Egypt Child Trafficking Ring Busted

Rising Economic Power of Pakistani Women

Bahraini MP Calls for Arab Women Lawmakers’ Council

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: 'My Mother Is Dead. And It Was My Father, an Assad Loyalist Who Killed Her'


Saudi Women Made Up 28 Per Cent of the Drug Related Cases Reviewed By the Courts Of Law

Women, Children among Detained Suspected Militants in Pakistan

Apparition of Virgin Mary on a Hospital Window Draws Hundreds

Scores of Women Donate Hair for Cancer Patients in UAE

Malala Day Meets With Befitting Expression of Love

Women Fight to Define the Arab Spring

15 Malala scholarships announced by Lahore College for Women University

Malaysian Policemen Accused of Raping Indonesian

Australian Woman Sees Malaysia Drug Charges Dropped, Freed

Husband Arrested Over Killing of Iraqi-American Woman, Earlier Taken As a Hate Crime

Afghan Girl Tells Court She Hid Behind Father As He Was Shot, In a Case against Robert Bale

Nigeria: Life as a Single Girl

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Apparition of Virgin Mary on a Hospital Window Draws Hundreds


Muslim Woman Attacked For Travelling With Hindu Man in Mangalore, India

Saudi Cleric Condemns Minor Girls’ Marriage to Wealthy Older Men

Fleeing Asian Housemaid of North Jeddah Creates a Ruckus

Women Shut Out Of Syria’s Opposition Leadership

4 Nigerian Girls Invent a Urine-Powered Generator

Muslim Sisterhood: Women from Egypt’s Brotherhood Taking on Prominent Roles

Video Shows Woman Journalist Held By Syria Rebels

UNESCO Report Places Pakistan in Bottom 10 in Female Education

Harassment, Rejection and Poverty: Transgender Pakistanis Face Society’s Scorn

Rights of Afghan Women at Risk

World Observes Malala Day Today

Women above 40 in Abu Dhabi Told To Undergo Mammography

Malala A Symbol of Girls’ Education, Says Pak Prez on the occasion of ‘Malala Day’

Exhibition showcases creative skills of Girl Students in Jeddah

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Ukrainian journalist Ankhar Kochneva


Islam Does Not Discriminate Against Women, Its Custodians Do
Hina Hafeezullah Ishaq

It states, “Specified posts or services may be reserved for members of either sex if such posts or services entail the performance of duties and functions, which cannot be adequately performed by members of the other sex.” Generally, what is good for the goose is good for the gander and vice versa, but ideally, what is good for the goose can even be better for her regardless of whether it is good or not for the gander!...

Islam has sanctioned the right for education for all Muslim women. If some Muslims don’t believe in allowing their daughters to go to school, to learn to read, to participate in debates, to pursue their Master degrees, to succeed in their respective careers, then it’s the beliefs and practices of such Muslims and not Islam. It can be confusing, but it is important to remember that Islam has honoured women in ways that society can’t ...

Saudi Shoura Says Women Must Unveil For Security Reasons

Sharia law ban (fatwa) on women at Haji Ali shrine evokes protests

NCW Fumes at Muslim Girls’ Inter-College 'S Diktat on Veils and Banning of Phones

3 Muslim Sisters in Sharia Court for Molesting 22-Year-Old Man

Saudi Shura Insists On Photo ID for Women

I Feel Like Killing All My Kids: Kashmir Acid Attack Mother

Malala Shooter's Sister Apologises For Attack

Pakistani Neuroscientist, Aafia Siddiqui Loses Appeal on Shooting Conviction in US Court

Procter & Gamble Rides On Williams Sisters to Inspire Nigerian Girls

School-Merger Policy of Pak Punjab: Displaced Girls Continue Protest

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Aafia Siddiqui


Legislators Divided Over Readmitting 'Mother' Students

Saudi Courts to Look Into 3,124 Women Harassment Cases

Housewife Murdered, Acid Attack on Another in Bangladesh

Love Marriage in Pakistan: Man Kidnaps Daughter, Kills Her Father-In-Law

Pakistan Girl 'Fated' To Die in Acid Attack: Mother

Waheeda Shah PPP leader slapped with two-year ban

Empowerment Initiative: A First for SAARC Women Parliamentarians

Saudi Gold Traders Refuse Employment of Women

Women Gain Ground As Activists, but Some Question the Extent of Progress in Yemen

Lahore’s Woman Artists Bring 93 Masterpieces to Nairang Art Gallery

Malala’s Reconstructive Surgery in UAE

Palestinian Businesswomen Finding Their Own Solutions

Somalia Forms New Govt, Woman Named Foreign Minister: Official

Nigeria: Exploiting Young Girls

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: The new foreign minister, Fowsiyo Yusuf Haji Adan of Somalia


Arab Spring: Are the Arab Revolutions Devouring Their Own Daughters?
Martina Sabra

When compared with the rest of the world, Arab countries do not rank highly when it comes to the issue of female emancipation. So there are often a number of reasons why the women profiled by Gabi Kratochwil made it despite all the obstacles: in all cases, their inner strength played a major role; in many cases, liberal fathers or mothers fostered their daughters' careers; and in some cases, the women had the support of an influential family....


Let There Be No Compulsion in Religion
Azrul Mohd Khalib

Islam is one of the richest religions in history. Why? Not because of the dogma and the rituals embodied within but because it emphasises the need for us to learn. Learn from other religions, cultures and ourselves. Rather than chastising ourselves for asking questions in the first place we need to create space to ask questions we were afraid of asking, to express doubt, to speak of a more enlightened and progressive Islam....

Feminists Betray Islamic Women
Ida Lichter, M.D

Many intellectual feminists value cultural practice, but as Afghan women's rights activist Sima Samar asserted, this respect does not apply to traditions that oppress women and violate human rights. Some feminists have joined an unholy alliance with political Islam, disregarding the oppression of women and homosexuals in favour of overarching aims to rid the world of colonialism, neo-colonialism and capitalism....

Child Brides Blot Tribal Pakistan
Mehreen Zahra-Malik

Practice of gifting girls in marriage to settle tribal disputes haunt areas with limited government oversight. As international headlines for much of this month focused on the attack on 14-year-old activist Malala Yousafzai by the Taliban, what generally went unnoticed was the outrageous plight of more than a dozen young girls in Pakistan....

Egypt’s Shiites Raged by Belly Dancer for Song Praising Prophet’s Daughter

Al-Qaida 'Burqua Brigade' To Hit Western Targets

Gang Of Vietnamese Women Thieves in Malaysia 'Strip And Shout' To Stun Victims

Mother Rethinks Reporting Daughter and Sister to Police

Facebook Used To Kidnap, Traffic Indonesian Girls

Adultery Laws Unfairly Target Women: UN

Nigeria: Rampant Divorce Cases Worry State Government

Syrian Refugees Suffer from Critical Lack of Women’s Health Care: Report

Egyptian Woman Gets Suspended Sentence for Threats to Have Dubai Policemen Sacked

Dubai: Girl Traumatised By Male Attacker in the Gardens

A Race for the Cure in Egypt: Fight against Breast Cancer Begins With Awareness

South Africa: Girls' Rights 'Must Be Protected'

Malala Yousufzai in stable condition: Doctors

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Al-Qaida 'Burqua Brigade' To Hit Western Targets


A Feminist Reading of the Quran
Ruby Hamad

Muslims are required to model their lives on that of the prophet Mohammed. Consequently, it is easy to assume the roots of radical Islam can be traced back to the prophet himself, hence the numerous Western depictions of Mohammed as an intolerant, murderous tyrant. Such depictions have no basis in history. Mohammed was trying not just to introduce a new faith, but to transform Arabian society. He blamed much of Arabia's ills on the concept of Jahiliya….

NGO Decries Endorsement of Girl Child Marriage by Sudan's State-Controlled Clerics

How Female Troops Are Winning Hearts and Minds in Afghanistan

Early, Forced Marriage Limits a Girl's Opportunity to Education

Women and Saudi Majlis Al Shoura: Presence with Impact?

Afghan Woman, Allegedly Killed By Husband for Wanting Job

Malawi women living with HIV/Aids petition Speaker

Begum Bhutto, Malala and Benazir’s Historic Vindication

Palestinian reporter Asmaa al-Ghoul aims to keep thorn in Hamas’ side

Egypt's National Council for Women rejects constitution draft

Iranian Nobel Peace Prize Winner Predicts Persian Spring

South Asian Int'l Film Festival Nominates Pakistani for Best Actress

Early release of Aafia Siddiqui demanded

Role of Agri Universities Underscored for Ensuring Women’s Right To Land

Beirut girl hurt by car bomb needed 300 stitches

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Asmaa al-Ghoul, a Palestinian journalist

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