Browsing All Posts filed under »Islam«

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

May 28, 2012

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Wearing the hijab doesn’t have to be about religious dedication. For me, it is political, feminist and empowering Nadiya Takolia guardian.co.uk, 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

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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

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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

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A new generation of fearless Muslim women are actively starting to challenge inequalities that have faced them for generations Sara Khan guardian.co.uk, 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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Binding women to restrictions

April 21, 2012

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Many in Saudi Arabia point out, quoting scholars, that it is not an Islamic issue but one of control By Tariq Al Maeena, Special to Gulf NewsPublished: 00:00 April 22, 2012 Image Credit: Hugo A. SancHez/©Gulf News Women in Saudi Arabia continue to face restrictions. Or so that’s what most of the liberal intellectuals and […]

Pakistani Judge Upholds 3 Women’s Conversions

April 20, 2012

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B.K. Bangash/Associated PressFaryal Shah, center, leaving the Supreme Court in Islamabad under tight security last month. By SALMAN MASOODPublished: April 18, 2012 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A controversy over religious conversions that has captivated Pakistanis was resolved in dramatic fashion on Wednesday when a judge ruled that three Hindu women who converted to Islam under disputed […]

‘Honour’ Violence and Discrimination

April 12, 2012

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Joanne Payton Founder of HBVA and works with Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation and International Campaign Against Honour Killings. It is impossible to ignore the fact that so-called ‘honour’ crimes are predominantly associated with Muslims, as part of a general public stereotype in which Muslim women are seen as uniquely oppressed, and Islam as […]

New wave of well-off Pakistani women drawn to conservative Islam

April 11, 2012

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Wealthy, educated women are increasingly embracing the trend for religious inquiry and observance Jason Burke in Lahoreguardian.co.uk, Monday 9 April 2012 Pakistani Muslim women celebrating Eid al-Adhi in Lahore. Photograph: Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images All the women working in the information technology division of the Bank of Punjab’s headquarters in the western Pakistani city of Lahore […]

On Shaima Alawadi, family violence, and hate crimes

April 10, 2012

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By Karla Kellam, April 9, 2012 As the facts about the Shaima Alawadi murder case continue to trickle in, it appears more and more that she was the victim of family violence, rather than a hate crime. As somebody who works to prevent family violence at Project Sakinah, this does not come as a surprise […]

"What Killed Shaima Alawadi?" followed by "’One Million Hijabs for Shaima:’ Women worldwide of all faiths post pictures of themselves in headscarves after race hate murder"

April 4, 2012

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April 4th, 2012 This post was written by guest contributor Maheen Nusrat. On March 24th, 2012, a 32-year-old Iraqi-American woman, Shaima Alawadi, passed away. She been found three days earlier by her 17-year-old daughter, brutally beaten in her home with a note next to her that said, “Go back to your country, you terrorist.” The […]

Hindu Girls Targeted in Coerced Conversions

April 1, 2012

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By Zofeen Ebrahim Dhan Bai received a certificate from a madrassa saying her daughter had converted to Islam. Credit:Fahim Siddiqi/IPS. KARACHI, Mar 30, 2012 (IPS) – Bharti, a 15-year-old Hindu girl living in the Lyari area in Karachi, left home for her sewing class last December, never to return. Three days later, her father Narain […]

Reema Abdullah is a role model for Saudi women athletes

March 26, 2012

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Aspiring to be the first Saudi woman to carry the Olympic torch is brave in a country that condemns female physical exercise Eman Al Nafjan guardian.co.uk, Monday 26 March 2012 Reema Abdullah, Jeddah United striker and Olympic hopeful. Photograph: AP The first school I went to in Riyadh was, of course, an all-girls school. I […]

Yvonne Ridley: finding feminism in Islam

March 17, 2012

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Posted on 16 March 2012.Lucy Miller WVoN co-editor Yvonne Ridley is a journalist, author, peace activist and film-maker. She was captured by the Taliban in September 2001 after crossing the Afghan border wearing a burqa. After her release she read the Qur’an and subsequently converted to Islam. WVoN spoke to her about feminism, faith and […]

For Punishment of Elder’s Misdeeds, Afghan Girl Pays the Price

February 17, 2012

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By ALISSA J. RUBINPublished: February 16, 2012 Andrea Bruce for The New York TimesShakila, 10, was abducted and held for about a year as part of a traditional Afghan form of justice known as “baad.” ASADABAD, Afghanistan — Shakila, 8 at the time, was drifting off to sleep when a group of men carrying AK-47s […]

KYRGYZSTAN Efforts to Tackle Bride Kidnapping Hit Polygamy Snag

February 12, 2012

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By Chris Rickleton* BISHKEK, Feb 11, 2012 (IPS/EurasiaNet) – Legislation designed to discourage the controversial practice of bride kidnapping fizzled recently in Kyrgyzstan’s parliament. The bill lost support because a key provision could also be used to crack down on the ostensibly illegal, yet quietly tolerated practice of polygamy, according to a member of parliament. […]

Saudi Judge Wants to Strip Saudi a Woman of Her Citizenship

February 8, 2012

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February 1, 2012 On January 10, 2012, Saudi judge Mutrak Al Bishr called upon the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, commonly known as the Religious Police, to arrest Saudi journalist Nadin Al-Badir for criticizing the Committee in an interview with Egypt’s Dream2 TV. During the interview, Nadin Al-Badir detailed various […]

‘Honour’ killings continue to be a disgrace

August 9, 2011

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By Aruna Papp, Calgary Herald August 6, 2011 Arif Mubashir, a Pakistani father of six daughters, called them into his room and shot them while the rest of the family, including the mother, Musarrat, watched. The six daughters were gunned down because their brother suspected that two of them (Razia, 16, and Sameena, 14) “were […]

‘Honour’ killings continue to be a disgrace

August 9, 2011

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By Aruna Papp, Calgary Herald August 6, 2011 Arif Mubashir, a Pakistani father of six daughters, called them into his room and shot them while the rest of the family, including the mother, Musarrat, watched. The six daughters were gunned down because their brother suspected that two of them (Razia, 16, and Sameena, 14) “were […]

August 9, 2011

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By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.Published: August 8, 2011 Lynsey Addario for The New York Times  AIDS is on the rise in many Muslim countries, driven by men having sex with other men in secret because of homophobia, religious intolerance and fear of being jailed or executed, according to a new study. The new report, released […]

A Jihad by Muslim Women Against Violence

August 6, 2011

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By SOUAD MEKHENNETPublished: August 2, 2011 LONDON — Unsurprisingly, the horrific attacks of Anders Behring Breivik, the far-right Christian extremist in Norway, have stirred powerful debate among the estimated 44.1 million Muslims in Europe. Although most of his 76 victims were at a Labor Party youth camp, Mr. Breivik made clear that his real targets […]

In Pursuit of Romance

August 6, 2011

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By Aryn Baker / RiyadhThursday, Jul. 21, 2011 tolen Moments With no movie theaters or bars to go to, a hot date is taking a girl to have her hand painted with henna Photograph by Lynsey Addario for TIME It’s 10 minutes to midnight on a Thursday in Riyadh, the start of the Saudi weekend, […]

Summer Doc Series: Love Crimes of Kabul

July 14, 2011

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Movie Review By Cole Abaius on July 11, 2011 They wouldn’t be there if they weren’t guilty. That’s the prevailing mindset of almost everyone in Love Crimes of Kabul, even the women who find themselves in jail in Afghanistan’s capital. In the documentary, director Tanaz Eshaghian gets out of the way to let the stories […]

Bangladesh: Protect Women Against ‘Fatwa’ Violence

July 7, 2011

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Despite Court Orders, Government Has Failed to Intervene July 6, 2011 These private punishments significantly harm women’s and girls’ lives and health. Instead of intervening and taking active measures to prevent these abuses, the Bangladesh authorities have been mute bystanders. Aruna Kashyap, Asia women’s rights researcher at Human Rights Watch. (Dhaka) – The Bangladesh government […]