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Islam, Women and Feminism

Teenage Girls vs. the Taliban: What Will Happen When U.S. Leaves?
Nina Burleigh

Their strain of Islam contradicts major tenets of the traditional faith and offends many believers. But the Saudis have been successfully exporting it, financed by whopping oil profits, since the early 1970s. According to its own figures, the kingdom spent more than $80 billion between 1973 and 2002 creating a worldwide network of Wahhabi mosques, Islamic centers, madrasas and charities. The Afghan Taliban is among the recipients of that money….

Britain Does Not Need a French-style Burqa Ban
Sara Silvestri

To ban or not to ban: Britain is facing the Burqa issue with a streak of pragmatism, and there is currently little appetite from the center-right coalition government for a ban Unlike the French, Britain has taken a fluid approach to difference and the multicultural character of its society, and in the current circumstances, it is unclear – perhaps impossible – to establish where the limit for "difference" lies….


Moroccan Islamists Throw Chairs at Kissing Couples
Asma Al-Assad

Syrian First Lady Asma Al-Assad Pledges to Stand by Husband

Himachal Offers Muslim Women Free Bus Ride on Eid

Algerian Woman Kept Her Dower Half a Century for Haj

Afghan Women Risk Losing Post-Taliban Gains after Security Transition

Saudi Women Drivers: Threat to State Religion and Politics

Pak Beauticians Set to Greet Girls Intending to Doll Themselves Up at Eid ul Azha

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa LG Bill Proposes Increase in Reserved Seats for Women To 33%

Mardan’s Sole Orphanage Strives to Keep Its Children

Haj Meeting Ends Strained Relations between 2 Sisters

6-Year-Old Pakistani Serves Mother during Haj

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


Makkawi Women Crowd the Grand Mosque on Arafat Day
Amina, 85-year-old Pakistani woman

Taliban Misfire as Malala Yousafzai Spurs Pakistan School Rush

FIA Assures Action against Fake Facebook ID of Girl

Turkish Govt Announces New Rights for Working Moms

Expat Children Denied Education Because Of Nitaqat

Savings Box Helps Pak Woman, 85, Perform Haj

Turkish Moves on Women’s Rights Renew Fears of Authoritarianism, Islamism

Child Marriage: India's Stand Slammed By Women and Reformers

Children of Migrant Workers Show Off Love for ‘Wonderful’ Lebanon

‘We Gave Up Our Play Time to Serve Pilgrims’

Everywhere, every day, Women Face Discrimination

Three Women ‘Raped’, Boy 'Sodomised' In Faisalabad

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


Finally! A voice in the Shoura Council for Saudi Women
Sabria S. Jawahar

Mothers and workingwomen know more than anybody what it means to drive their own car and have full control over our lives. As a teacher of a new generation of young female nurses who regard me with respect and as a role model, I find it incredibly humiliating to travel 70 minutes a day with a complete stranger to reach my workplace and then return home. What is worse is that this same stranger has complete control over the time I arrive and leave work……


Pakistani Girl, a Global Heroine after an Attack, Has Critics at Home
Deccan Walsh

Ms. Yousafzai did not win the Nobel Prize. That went to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. But after a week of intense news coverage, during which she released her memoir and won a prestigious European award for human rights, Ms. Yousafzai’s stature as a symbol of peace and bravery has been established across the world — everywhere, it seems, except at home….


Malala's Fight for a Modern Pakistan
Husain Haqqani

Pakistan’s leaders have been in a deep state of denial about their national priorities for a long time. Religious extremism and terrorism are often not seen as a serious threat for a nation that has, since its inception in 1947, focused on acquiring military parity with its much larger neighbour, India. Instead of seeing the Taliban as brutes fighting modernity….


The Untold Story of another ‘Malala’
Omer Zaheer Meer

This young ‘Malala’ brutalised was Abeer Qassim Hamza al-Janabi. Her town is Al-Mahmudiyah, Iraq and the brutal animals forcing her and several other girls off education and then committing the monstrous acts were five of the six soldiers from a check-post near her home belonging to the 502nd infantry regiment of the US Army....


Malala’s strength is founded on her commitment – commitment to the belief that the unrestrained flow of knowledge is the birthright of the human race
S Iftikhar Murshed

Nothing has changed in the one year since then. Ehsanullah’s successor, Shahidullah Shahid, recently told a group of journalists during a rare interview at an undisclosed location in Waziristan that Malala was not attacked for pursuing education but for going against Islam. He then vowed that another assassination attempt would be made the moment an opportunity presented itself....


There is a dire need to set a social structure in moulded, neutralised and changed form. Every day we talk about women empowerment, we approve various bills and petitions within the legal framework for granting justice to vulnerable sections of society. All this would be in vain until we truly rethink the issue.....


Moroccan Kiss, Muslim Society Shaken By Internet Effect
Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari

I Want Malala as My Future PM, Says Miss Zardari

Syrian Child Refugees Face Exploitation, Says UNICEF

Saudi Wife Files for Divorce over Smoking

Women Cannot Check Husbands' Marital Records Online, Says Saudi Justice Ministry

Muzaffarnagar Riots: 27 Women Confirm They Were Raped, Says AMU Lawyers Forum

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


I had a fairly stereotypical view of Islam, but became impressed with the strength the people derived from their faith. Their lives sucked, yet nearly everyone I met seemed to approach their existence with a tranquillity and stability that stood in contrast to the world I'd left behind…..

Sfax Women Protest 'Jihad An-Nikah'
New Age Islam News Bureau

Sfax Women Protest 'Jihad An-Nikah'
National Conference MLC Shehnaz Ganai

NC, Congress Defeat Motion to Empower Women

Malala Yousafzai Wows Washington after Being Nixed For Nobel Peace Prize

Hillary Clinton Backs Saudi Women Defying Driving Ban

Malala Meets Fear and Jealousy in Pakistan Hometown Mingora

Somali Women Make History with the First Ever Radio Station For and Run By Women

Aramco Launches Awareness Program for Elderly Women

Jazan Women Create Perfumes At Home

Pakistani Men Getting More Violent Towards Women

Teachings of Islam Underscored For Protection of Girl Child

Malala Calls On World to Make Education Top Priority

Adolescent Girls in Africa Neglected During Humanitarian Emergencies - Report

Women Resort to Karate for Self-Defense in 'Rape Capital', Johannesburg

On International Girl’s Day, Violence against Women Trends Worrying

Morocco: The Second Benkirane Cabinet, Strong on Women

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


Malala: The Real Story (With Evidence)
Nadeem F. Paracha

Malala’s father told the doctor that Malala’s real name was Jane and she was born in Hungary in 1997. Her real biological parents were Christian missionaries who, after travelling to Swat in 2002, left Malala as a gift to her adopted parents after they secretly converted to Christianity…..

More Malala Malaise
Huma Yusuf

Worse, some fear that were Yousafzai awarded the prize she would be suspected of feeling more loyalty to Western causes than her homeland. Given prevailing suspicions in Pakistan about “foreign agendas,” the prize could keep her from becoming a politician, which is her ambition….


Mark Day of the Girl by Allowing Yemeni Girls a Childhood
Rothna Begum

We may never know what happened to Rawan. But her story shows how much is at stake in the debate surrounding child marriage, a deep-rooted, widespread, and ongoing practice in Yemen. Data from a 2006 survey by the Yemeni government and the United Nations shows that approximately 14 percent of girls in Yemen were married before age 15, and more than half -- 52 percent -- were married before age 18…..


Malala Beats Snowden, Wins EU Human Rights Prize
Manal Al-Dabbagh

America Is a Pioneering Woman in Pakistan

An Afghan Community Comes Together To Ensure Girls' Education

Madonna Reveals Studying the Qur'an

Manal Al-Dabbagh: Saudi Arabia’s Pioneer Woman Sports Photographer

Child Porn Suspects to Stand Trial in Bahrain

Haredi Woman Petitions High Court against Men-Only Parties

Govt Jobs Chance for Foreign Moms of Saudis

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

These people and others like them prove that its acceptable and often even rewarding to stand up to unfair practices at your workplace, that you don’t have to be Muslim to get the justice you deserve, and that the future looks bright for equality and fairness in employment. Muslim women may have set a precedent in visibility but they are certainly not the only ones to benefit from a better work environment and greater accountability by employers…..

Courageous Malala Deserves the Nobel
Tarek Fatah

Malala Yousafzai deserves the Nobel Prize, not just because she epitomizes courage and freedom, but because in seeking freedom from the Taliban in the East, she has lost some if it to the public relations men in the West, who now manage her affairs and have unwittingly stolen her childhood from her. ….

To combine all the most ridiculous conspiracy theories: Malala, An Israeli Clone of Bush Raised by Two Gay RAW Agents, funded and supervised by Dick Cheney
Josh Shahryar

When you try to figure out why everything is falling apart, all you get is a bucket of blame that keeps getting passed around from the government to the judiciary to the army to the police to religious figures to… the bucket keeps getting passed around until it rests in “foreign hands”. They save everyone. You know why foreign hands are such convenient reason for all of Pakistan’s failures? Because even when you name them – Naapak India, Manhoos Israel or Shaitan USA – they don’t care....

Legal Centres, in an Indian State, to Educate Muslim Women on Rights
Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo

Miss Universe 2012 Caught On the Wrong Foot at Taj Mahal

Jazeera Takes Her Protest against Illegal Mining to New Delhi

‘Bomb Belt’ Woman to Be Tried In Top Court Of Dubai

Israeli female soldiers, Shin Bet agents storm Al-Aqsa

Driving is an economic need: Saudi women

Malala continues to shine a year after the attack

Female Jawazat team to inspect women pilgrims

3 Saudi Shura Council Women Urge Female Drive Ban Lifted

Turkish TV Presenter Fired Over Low-Cut Dress after Criticism from AKP Spokesman

More Local Women Being Used As "Bait" In African Parcel Scam

Dh22 Million Pledged For Girls’ Education

Increase in Educational Expenditure Fails To Boost Female Literacy in FATA

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


Khan said the recent fatwa, in which the head of the country’s leading Islamic seminary declared photography “unIslamic” and unsuitable as a career for Muslims, simply adds more urgency to her work. “The fatwa reeks of the medieval mindset,” Khan told The Times of India. “Just as writing brings catharsis to writers, photography is a way of feeling liberated.”



Lens on Liberty: Muslim Women with Camera in Hand Defy Fatwa By Mohammed Wajihuddin

 Photo op By Smita Deodhar

‘Don't Send Women sans Mahrams’ To Haj
Afghan HR Leader Dr. Sima Samar

Pakistani Girl Killed To Avenge 'Free-Will' Marriage

Women Want To Preserve Yemen Islamic Tradition

Girl Guides for Empowering Bangladesh Girls to Change Society

DR Congo Women Fight Rape with Briquettes

Sexual Harassment in Gaza Caught on Video Goes Viral

Afghan HR Leader Samar Named in Top 10 Most Influential Women List

Women Artists Dominate UK Art Scene

Malala Favours Peaceful Dialogue with Taliban

Lebanon Shiite Women Call On Council to Revise Custody Laws

How Viable Is Domestic Abuse Hotline? Saudi Women Ask

Saudi Women Entrepreneurs to Get Technical Support on SMEs

Saudi Women Enter Into Catering Business

World Bank Praises Saudi Women’s Home Products

Few Female Translators at Tawafa Establishments

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


What I Did Not Expect When I Was Expecting
Erum Fatima

However, I wish they had also imparted some advice regarding what to expect with your social circle, and more importantly how to deal with it. Moms to be, here’s what you should be prepared to deal with in the near future....

Documenting a Pakistani Girl’s Transformation
Malala Yousafzai

As in most families in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, where they lived, her father works and her mother is a homemaker. In the larger region around Swat, only one girl in five attends school. Malala’s own mother is illiterate, and Ziauddin told me she did not interact with men outside the family. I was never able to speak with her, and rarely saw her at all, because, as her husband explained, “she was not habituated to be on camera.”…..


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