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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 […]

Human Rights Group Condemns European Burqa Bans

May 1, 2012

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by Sam TaxyApril 30, 2012 Photo Credit: Antoine Taveneaux A new report from Amnesty International, an influential human rights group, condemned European countries for denying Muslim women jobs and education by banning full-face veils or neglecting to enforce anti-discrimination laws. In addition to bans on the burqa (traditional Muslim robes that cover women’s faces and […]

‘Honour killings’: murder by any other name

May 1, 2012

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‘Honour killings’ are spreading at an alarming rate, and not just in the Middle East. What makes a man kill a family member? Elif Shafak guardian.co.uk, Monday 30 April 2012 Tulay Goren. Photograph: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire/Press Association Images Gonay Ogmen is the son of a Christian Armenian family in Istanbul. In December 2010, in the […]

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 […]

Forced faith or force of faith?

April 21, 2012

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Waris Husain21-04-2012 Three females from Hindu families appeared before Pakistan’s Supreme Court this week in a case involving their alleged abduction and forced conversion to Islam. When the young women were asked in private proceedings whether they had been abducted or forcibly converted, the women replied in the negative, requesting to return to their husbands, […]

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 […]

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 […]