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[25 Mar 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
Muslim Again

Farah El-Sharif
A young Jordanian woman shares her thoughts on her identity as a Muslim woman and on how, through reflecting on the life of the Prophet Muhammad, she discovered a new lens through which to view herself and other women.
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As a wide-eyed, fresh graduate from one of America’s leading colleges for the study of International Relations, I was full of pride and great hope for returning to my homeland, Jordan. I was equipped not with a degree in a hard-nosed major such as ‘political economy’, but with a versatile, …

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[21 Mar 2011 | 6 Comments | ]
Islamic Feminism: The Feminism I Relate To

Lana Abu Ayyash

A Jordanian woman leader reflects on her path to Islamic feminism, including how she founded Sister Power, the online social network for Muslim women.
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I have always been interested in women’s rights. I remember reading hardcore feminist literature at 12 years old and writing about women’s rights at 17.
Why?
I cannot say it’s entirely because I was opposed to how women were treated in our society. Nor can I claim that I was brought up in a traditional Islamic household and that did it for me. This interest or passion, …

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[27 Jan 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
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by Mary Liepold, Editor in Chief

“We are under siege by Muslim terrorists,” says Peter King, a Republican Congressman from NY who just became chair of the US House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee. King’s plan to hold Congressional hearings in late February on the “radicalization of Islam” is alarming American Muslims and many others.
The same day this story appeared in The Washington Post and Politico, 35 people were killed and 180 wounded in a bomb attack in Moscow. Muslim Chechens are being blamed, though so far without evidence. And in …

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[17 Nov 2010 | 8 Comments | ]
Women in the Arab World: Moving Beyond the Stereotypes

Ambassador Sallama Shaker
Egypt/USA
“The problem seems to be that once we see a woman wearing the Gulf clothes, which are black, we immediately get the impression that they are oppressed. We really should go beyond this clothes image.”
We need to be doing more in the Arab world to present a better understanding of the diversity of the cultures in the Arab world. Somehow I think that the United States is always under the impression that women are caged in the Arab world just because of the way that some …