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Islam, Women and Feminism

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….


Hijab Is Elephant in the Room 177
Tarek Fatah

The elephant in the room is the Hijab and Niqab, but instead of dealing with the challenge these symbols of “political Islam” pose to the rest of us, the government of Quebec has made the Sikh turban and the Jewish Kippa their sacrificial lambs. I am referring to the proposed “Charter of Quebec Values” that will ban public sector workers from wearing turbans, Hijab, Kippas and “ostentatious” crucifixes while at work….


Four Egyptian Women:  Read Their Stories in Their Own Words
Melanie McDonagh

Four Egyptian women, four remarkably similar views about Egypt. They’ve lived through the turbulence of the past few weeks and the instability of the past year of Muslim Brotherhood government. All are Muslim; two wear veils, two don’t. None is a Muslim Brotherhood supporter....


If my true job is to witness God’s law and see men and women as God sees them, then it is more important than ever to purify my image of womanhood. I need to hold to what is true about both men and women and see them as God sees me – as His image and likeness….


Libyan Activists Use Qur’an to Confront Mistreatment of Women
Gabriella Nassif

By focusing on Qur’anic verses and Islamic Sunnah, Project Noor aims to legitimize their discourse on women’s security concerns using particular religious passages that point to the proper treatment of women. Project Noor hopes to open the public’s eyes to the longtime problem of domestic violence and sexual abuse against women across Libya…..


Women are builders and moulder of a nation’s destiny. They have the courage and the strength to endure problems and resolve them. They are an embodiment of love, compassion, understanding and sacrifice. They deserve respect. Man and woman are two important pillars of society....


Hindu Mother Who Raised Muslim Kid of Gulbarg Society Wins His Custody
Kerala Teen

Kerala Girl Says ‘Forced’ To Marry UAE National

Women-Friendly Divorce Law Gets Rajya Sabha Nod

Saudi Takes Keys Away From More Rogue Women Drivers

Saudi Women Workers Demand Dedicated Spaces for Breaks

Pakistan's Child Brides: Suffering For Others’ Crimes

Unsafe Abortions Menace Pakistan

Islamabad Standoff: Sikandar's Wife Sent On 2-Day Physical Remand

Saudi Forces Free Woman Imprisoned 3 Yrs by Family

HEC, Pakistan to Strengthen Women Universities in Country

After 34 years, Iran appoints female diplomat

Pakistan Beauty Awards Focus the Best in Fashion, Entertainment

Women of the Wall Scorns New Non-Orthodox Prayer Site as 'Sunbathing Deck’

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


Pak-Afghan Women Eye Sustainable Peace in Region
Tunisia’s top female entrepreneur Sana Ghenima

Wednesday, a Fun Day for Women at Karachi Zoo

Diana’s Pakistani Ex-Lover Calls Her Biopic ‘A Cruel Lie’

India Will Have To Get Used To Women in Journalism

Women Leaders Demand More Female Candidates

700,000 Visas to Ease Maid Crisis in Saudi Kingdom

Women Are Reshaping Tunisia's Political Landscape

HAIA Busts Prostitution Ring in Makkah

FGM Campaign In Sudan Slammed For 'Not Getting Message Across'

5-Year Plan to Address Rise in Women’s Illiteracy in Saudi Kingdom

Many Weddings in Egypt Cancelled Due To Curfew

Afghan Women: "No Nation Can Donate Liberation to Another"

Libraries for Afghan Women Are Scots Aid Worker's Legacy

Indians in KSA Demand Harsher Punishment for Rapists At Home

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


Since coming to power in 2005, King Abdullah has made a series of substantive reforms to improve the status of women in the kingdom. In fact, King Abdullah’s appointment of women to the council has received support from Saudi elites and Saudi society in general. According to a recent poll of about 2,000 men and women, 73.5 percent of women and 69.9 percent of men favored the addition of women to the council. Most of the appointed women are successful in their own domains, having advanced degrees in areas such as medicine, science and education. Many of the women are also humanitarians and participate in a variety of charity organizations……


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  • The rubbish that emanates from Naseer sab's pen is mind boggling.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Both the courts and the NIA are guilty of violating Hadiya's fundamental۔۔۔۔
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • no amount of rage is going to help your hollow claims. muslims are forbiddeen from eating offerings offered to another deity. they cannot....
    ( By hats off! )
  • Naseer Saheb, Yunus Saheb has asked me to post the following response to your latest comment: ""A close scrutiny of the opening ....
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • allah hates poets and poetry. what else is new? allah hates most of the things he thoughtlessly creates - kufr, shirk and so...
    ( By hats off! )
  • Arshad sb, The Quran says that it is those who stray in evil who follow the poets. The Prophet was neither instructed in poetry nor ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Yunus sb's understanding of the Quran is extremely weak. There is no reversal of the meaning of verse 2:221 which is meant for all good/clean ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Simplistic half truths in Hats Offs hate war against Muslims!'
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The perennial enemy of Islam should know that the same question was not asked of other communities.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Will Shahin sb and Yunus sb answer the questions please? Yunus sb cannot explain his flip-flops and will not answer and is therefore in hiding. ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • that there was not a single answer from the oh-so tolerant extremists on this site proves once and for all that islam and muslims are ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • just goes to prove how egalitarian and accommodating the polytheists are and how exclusive and discriminatory....
    ( By hats off! )
  • Both Hindus and Muslims indulge in honor killings. The RSS has raised it to a war of hate and lies with their "Love Jihad" scam!
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Instead of using our sense of goodness and righteousness to get the best meaning out of....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The fact is my above remarks expressly relate to the polytheists among the Prophet’immediate s audience only, who did not believe in this (Qur’an’s) ultimate ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • thanks for the update mr another arshad!'
    ( By hats off! )
  • Had Ayyothiya,Madura ,Kasi etc Mosques been handed over to Hindus, lot of cruel incidents that tarnishes the images/prestiges of Muslims would not have been ....
    ( By dr.A.Anburaj )
  • I am unable to comprehend why Shahin sb cannot show the courtesy of doing a proper cut/paste job to present my complete argument. I can ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Shahin sb, The following is what Yunus sb has said before running away saying that he will not agree with me even if I said a ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Mr Hats off really hats off to your understanding. 'arshad' does not literally mean "I am late Sharif Arshad". It is....
    ( By arshad )
  • Gulam Mohyuddin did you not get any yes, this how your Muslim are. Includes Sultan Shahin, the propoganda of new age Islam....
    ( By Aayina )
  • The discussion of Kafir is just 1400 year old. It keep on changing the meaning depending on where and how Muslims are in political power.
    ( By Aayina )
  • casuistry when mistaken for logic has hilarious consequences. what with anonymous well known scholars, kill....
    ( By hats off! )
  • Qur'an is indeed great. it enables dead men to write and post comments on the reader's response to their articles....
    ( By hats off! )
  • This mushrikin/kafir discussion has gone to ridiculous lengths and seems to be never-ending. For a modernist....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • That's why your eagerness to be included surprised me.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • "For those Muslims who choose to embrace modernity, the AIMPLB is an anachronism....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer Saheb, you have said: "While Allah does not consider all of them as kafir but simply as people without....
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • Urdu is not good. Many errors of imla, faulty construction of sentences...
    ( By Shahid )
  • Naseer SB, I am by nature a poet so I see poetry in Quran. You are a scientist....
    ( By arshad )
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    ( By arshad )
  • if a murtad doest not covet even jannat, what can s/he covet from mere mortals.'
    ( By hats off! )
  • Shahin sb, Neither your anonymous scholar nor those who followed the methodology of Taqlid, appear to be aware that the Quran does not accept the excuse ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • The purpose of my asking only Muslims that question was so obvious and so guileless that even a murtad should....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Requiring one's spouse to convert to one's religion is barbaric and shows disrespect for one's spouse...
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  • Aayina, you should be ashamed of yourself for bringing my personal life into the comment box. That is none of your business. However, now that ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • Naseer Saheb, the scholar who wants to remain anonymous has sent me the following response to your questions. It's not a point by point....
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • if by that profound one liner mr ghulam mohiyuddin DID not mean murtads. nice to know where one stands with religionistas.
    ( By hats off! )
  • pakistan has nothing to do with islam.
    ( By hats off! )
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    ( By Aayina )