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The hijab has liberated me from society’s expectations of women

May 28, 2012


Wearing the hijab doesn’t have to be about religious dedication. For me, it is political, feminist and empowering Nadiya Takolia, Monday 28 May 2012 A woman wearing a hijab. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images When you think of the hijab, you probably don’t think “political”. Or “independent”. Or “empowered”. Feminist? Certainly not – feminism is far […]

The Brothel Next Door

May 15, 2012


Turkey is cracking down on the sex trade. What’s next? BY ANNA LOUIE SUSSMAN | MAY 14, 2012 Under the shade of a tree at an Istanbul cafe, Suzan, a voluptuous woman in her 50s with dyed blond hair and a warm, generous smile, describes how she went from teenage bride to full-time sex worker. […]

A false analysis of Islam and feminism by Muslims and Non-Muslims

April 30, 2012


By Hamzah Saif, April 29, 2012 “Gender is not the study of what is evident, it is an analysis of how what is evident came to be,” said Maya Mikdashi at her recent 10-point reminder on studying gender in the Middle East. Unfortunately, an influential strand of observers remains steadfastly deaf to her admonition, peddling […]

Female British Muslims are at last finding their voice

April 28, 2012


A new generation of fearless Muslim women are actively starting to challenge inequalities that have faced them for generations Sara Khan, Saturday 28 April 2012 ‘It is heartening to see a proliferation in Muslim women’s networks and forums right across the UK.’ Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian Anyone who has worked in British […]

Rights groups see politics behind rise in Muslim hate crimes

April 27, 2012


Amnesty International says politicians have been pandering to prejudice against Muslims in a quest for votes. A Muslim woman holds her French passport during a news conference last year on the country’s ban on head scarves. (Remy de la Mauviniere, Associated Press / March 30, 2011) By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times April 26, […]

Muslim Women in India Seek Gender Equality in Marriage

April 24, 2012


By NILANJANA S. ROYPublished: April 24, 2012 NEW DELHI — Three years ago, Salma Khatun’s husband divorced her in a fit of rage after a quarrel, pronouncing what is known as the triple talaq in the presence of witnesses. The triple talaq is a formula of repudiation. The first two times it is pronounced, it […]

‘Gender (in)equality not linked to Islam’

April 22, 2012


Equality between Muslim men and women has little to do with religion, says Gönül Halat-Mec. DW’s Klaudia Prevezanos spoke to the family lawyer and member of the of the annual German Islam Conference. Deutsche Welle: What’s the situation regarding equality between Muslim men and women in Germany? Gönül Halat-Mec: You have to differentiate: It always […]