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[9 Aug 2011 | 6 Comments | ]
Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s <em>Infidel</em> – A Review

Akhila Kolisetty
“Is  Hirsi Ali’s Islam the same as Islam everywhere? I think not. There are different interpretations. I think there must be room for feminism, even in Islam.”
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I have almost finished reading Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Her provocative book describes her heartrending journey from childhood to adulthood. As a child, she lived in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, and Ethiopia. She grew up Muslim, endured brutal beatings from her mother, did all the housework, and slowly pursued her education. As a child, she was forced to undergo female genital …

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[5 Jul 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Merve Kavakçı Islam: Women Belong in Elected Office

Richard Peres
Editor’s Note: The Turkish parliamentary elections, held last month, were marked by the voices of some candidates demanding their right to wear religious head coverings on the floor of parliament.  Below is Richard Peres’ interview with one of these women.  This piece originally appeared in Today’s Zaman and is reposted here with the author’s permission.
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Merve Kavakçi Islam, a strong believer in the importance of female representation in the political machinery, calls on women from all walks of life and from all creeds to run for elected office.
A lecturer …

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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 …