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[20 Apr 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Sarkuzi will Liberate the Muslim Woman

khulud kh
Israel/Palestine
“The legal system inherently and essentially serves the oppressor. Social change will not come through legislation.”
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France’s M. Sarkuzi has come to the rescue of Muslim women. (No, I didn’t get his name wrong. It makes me mad whenever my name is misspelled, so I decided to do the same with names in other languages. See who gets mad now.) He has promised them liberation from the Burka in the form of legislation. Again, the West has harnessed its legal framework to the benefit of the primitive East. The Burka will …

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[15 Apr 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
Gender in Islam: It’s Not Just About Women

Asma Uddin
Asma Uddin is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Altmuslimah.com. Trained as a lawyer, she launched the website as a platform for intra- and inter-community dialogue on a wide variety of Islam and gender-related issues.
Asma recently described her vision and hopes for Altmuslimah.com in an interview with Najuan Daadleh.
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What inspired you to create AltMuslimah?  How did the idea come to you?
A lot of it has to do with my own personal story, specifically as a Muslim in America and struggling with the question of gender equality in Islam.
I have always been very …

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[10 Apr 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Sexual Rights Are Human Rights

Nahed Asbeh
Sexual and reproductive health is an issue that impacts women everywhere. Nahed Asbeh is the director of a sexual health counseling center in the Negev, where she works with Bedouin women and men to break the cycle of deeply ingrained taboos and practices.
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As a Palestinian woman citizen of Israel, I have witnessed social injustice and from a young age was exposed to a difficult side of my society. During my undergraduate studies I taught Hebrew to Palestinian high school girls and witnessed their daily challenges in a traditional society. I also volunteered …

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[4 Apr 2011 | 7 Comments | ]
Confronting Our Ignorance: As Americans, As Muslims, and As Women

Amina Wadud
Amina Wadud is an internationally acclaimed scholar, human rights activist, and educator. As an Islamic feminist, she advocates a progressive, feminist focus on the Qur’an. Her recent publications include Inside the Gender Jihad: Women’s Reform in Islam and articles such as “Islam and Patriarchy,” “Muslim Women: Between Citizenship and Faith,” and “Qur’an, Gender, and Interpretive Possibilities.”
This week, we present a discussion with Amina Wadud in which she describes the evolution of her identity and ideas as a Muslim woman in America.
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What drew you to Islam?
I was raised in a …