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Sunday, November 06, 2005



Is Islamic Feminism Gaining Ground?


[Media Source*]

(Muslim Wakeup!) The impromptu prayer came after Wadud, professor of Islamic Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, was invited to lead a congregation by several Muslim women during a question and answer period following a talk by Wadud at the International Congress on Islamic Feminism.

After answering a slew of questions on the historic mixed-gender prayer she led earlier this year in New York City, members of Spain’s Muslim community quickly organized a makeshift prayer in a conference room at the Alimera Hotel in Barcelona, where the Congress was being held.

About 30 worshipers attended this event, which was led by Dr. Amina Wadud, who led a similar session involving 100 worshipers in the US. Although the event in Spain was suppose to be televised, several worshipers refused to be filmed by the media, which probably reveals a certain fear of being identified amongst such a crowd (something understandable in todays climate).

(BBC UK) Activists representing the Islamic feminist movement are in Barcelona to counter that view and discuss ways of achieving female equality in an Islamic context. [...]

Islamic Feminism argues that the inferior legal and social status of women in Muslim countries is a result of misogynistic distortions of the teachings in the Koran.

Organisers say they want more collaboration with western feminists but say non-Muslim feminists need to challenge their anti-Islamic stereotypes. (Media Source*)

(Hat Tip: Dhimmi Watch)

Although women in Islam may desire more liberties (at least faith wise) they will probably never achieve these goals under an Islamic regime where the Koran is law of the land. Unless these women are able to exert external pressure by partnering with "sisters in the west," (something this author has not seen at all) then all their actions will simply be in vain and their cries will fall upon the deaf ears of their Muslim brothers.

After all, the Koran (according to Dhimmi Watch) does specifically point out that a woman retains half of the value of a man legally, and if they are unable to find a way to reinterpret this verse, women's rights within Islam may die an early death.

Photo credit: Dr. Amina Wadud smiling, Image from Muslim Wakeup.



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OK, there's plenty wrong with this article.

First, Muslim Wakeup is a left-wing group. Just remember that, these are talking about lesbianism and stuff for Muslims.

Second, Amina Wadud is quite a controversial figure, and has been condemned by many scholars for breaking with the established scholarly code and references. She's ignoring any evidence against her opinion, and got scorn from much of the community for being so rebellious. Look, I support rights for women plenty, but this woman is doing nothing but making trouble. It's like if a woman announced she was going to be giving her own Catholic Mass, even though the Pope and cardinals told her not to.

Third, Dhimmi watch is biased and inaccurate in their claim. Women aren't half or anything. In inheritance law, some scholars interpret that the male heir gets a larger share in order to provide for the females of the family, but that is not the case in countries like Morocco or maybe Bangladesh. (Bangladesh has a woman Prime Minister also.)

By Anonymous Sulayman, at 9:24 PM EST  

OK, there's plenty wrong with this article.

First, Muslim Wakeup is a left-wing group. Just remember that, these are talking about lesbianism and stuff for Muslims.

Second, Amina Wadud is quite a controversial figure, and has been condemned by many scholars for breaking with the established scholarly code and references. She's ignoring any evidence against her opinion, and got scorn from much of the community for being so rebellious. Look, I support rights for women plenty, but this woman is doing nothing but making trouble. It's like if a woman announced she was going to be giving her own Catholic Mass, even though the Pope and cardinals told her not to.

Third, Dhimmi watch is biased and inaccurate in their claim. Women aren't half or anything. In inheritance law, some scholars interpret that the male heir gets a larger share in order to provide for the females of the family, but that is not the case in countries like Morocco or maybe Bangladesh. (Bangladesh has a woman Prime Minister also.)

By Anonymous Sulayman, at 9:25 PM EST  


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