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‘Women of the Wall’ movement fights Israeli gender bias

May 4, 2012

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ANN RODGERS – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette First Posted: May 02, 2012 Anat Hoffman was arrested in Israel for going to the Western Wall to do what would be regarded as a holy act in her synagogue: donning a prayer shawl and reading from the Torah. — She leads the Women of the Wall movement to allow […]

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, […]

Women See Worrisome Shift in Turkey

April 26, 2012

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By DAN BILEFSKY and SEBNEM ARSUPublished: April 25, 2012 Daniel Etter for The New York TimesA victim of domestic abuse in a women’s shelter in Istanbul, Turkey, on March 31, 2012. She has fled her husband and does not want to reveal her identity.  ISTANBUL — Gokce, a soft-spoken 37-year-old mother of two, has lived […]

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 […]

"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 […]

Sex and Sharia: Muslim women punished for failed marriages

April 2, 2012

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By Charlotte Rachael ProudmanNotebook – A selection of Independent views -, OpinionMonday, 2 April 2012 Today I received another telephone call from a young Muslim woman, Nasrin, who pleaded with me to help her obtain an Islamic divorce. After fleeing a forced marriage characterised by rape and physical violence, Nasrin applied for an Islamic divorce […]