Muslim Feminism & Women's Rights in Islam
The debate over women's rights and Islam is often politicized and riddled with stereotypes. Muslim women are not all victims, renegades or standard-bearers for religious or cultural authenticity. They are not foils with which to bash Islam or through which sympathetic Westerners can congratulate themselves on their cultural superiority. True solidarity with women in the Muslim realm means paying less attention to self-serving male rulers and to cosmetic official initiatives and more to the lively, often contentious debates taking place within Muslim societies. True solidarity means paying more attention to the diverse voices of women and to their ideas of how they want to advance their own cause. These voices are secular and religious, young and old; they are also often critical of Western policies in the region.
Muslim Women Activists and Leaders
Social - Gender Issues
- Women, Islam & Equality (National Council of Resistance of Iran)
- Women in Islam versus Women in the Judaeo-Christian Tradition: The Myth & the Reality (by Dr. Sherif Abdel Azeem)
- Arab Woman : Potentials and Prospects (The three articles that follow are reprints of original pieces published by Arab Perspectives in its October, 1980 issue, Vol. 1, No. 7)
- In Egypt, Women Have Burdens but No Privileges (NY Times, Published: July 13, 2010)
- Unfulfilled Promises: Women’s Rights Nemat Guenena and Nadia Wassef
- HarassMap (A system in Egypt for reporting incidences of sexual harassment via SMS messaging. This tool will give women a way to anonymously report incidences of sexual harassment as soon as they happen. By mapping these reports online, the entire system will act as an advocacy, prevention, and response tool, highlighting the severity and pervasiveness of the problem).
- HarassMap Blog
- Definitions of Algerian Women: Citizenship, participation and exclusion (The third Nordic conference on Middle Eastern Studies: Ethnic encounter and culture change Joensuu, Finland, 19-22 June 1995)
- Islam and Women's Equality (by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi)
- "Women and politics in the Islamic republic of Iran"
- Women, Islam & Equality (National Council of Resistance of Iran)
- In Iran, More Women Leaving Nest for University (The New York Times, July 23, 2000)
- Runaway Youths a Thorn in Iran's Chaste Side (NYT,November 5, 2000)
- Love Finds a Way in Iran: 'Temporary Marriage'
Feminism & Rights
Why Do We Need “Islamic Feminism”? - Al-Raida Journal [y Z Mir-Hosseini · 2020 — Publication support provided by eScienta (www.escienta.com). Al Raida Journal. Vol. 44, Issue 2, 2020 pp 85-91.]
- Revisited: Muslim Women's agency and feminist anthropology of the Middle East.Sep 23, 2017 - Contemporary Islam. pp 1–20
- Lindsey, Ursula (11 April 2018). "Can Muslim Feminism Find a Third Way?" New York Times. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
- Zahra Ali, Féminismes islamiques / Damien Simonin
- Islamic Femenism [Article by Dr. Margot Badran of Georgetown University]
- Re-defining Feminism/s, Re-imagining Faith? Margot Badran.
- Islamic Feminism [New World Encyclopedia]
- Academics from around globe assess state of feminism in Arab world [The Daily Star, Lebanon, 2009.]
- Dilemmas of Islamic and Secular Feminists and Feminisms [Journal of International Women’s Studies Vol. 9 #3 May 2008.]
- Women in Islam | International Association of Sufism.
- Dr Ziba Mir-Hosseini: What is Islamic Feminism - YouTube
- Gender Equity in Islam [islam101.com. Source: World Assembly of Muslim Youth]
- Egypt's feminists prepare for a long battle [Al Jazeera, 7 Feb 2012.]
- Female futures in the MENA region (Women have been actively participating in recent political protests in the Middle East and North Africa, and as a consequence, international audiences are becoming more aware of the discrimination women face. This blog discusses what roles these women might play in the rebuilding of future governance systems in the region.)
- In the wake of Arab spring [Article by Tayyibah Taylor from Azizah magaine.]
- Women and the Arab Spring: A Missed Opportunity? " March 2013, Friday / ÖZLEM MADİ, BİLKENT UNIVERSITY
- WOMEN AND PARTICIPATION IN THE ARAB UPRISING
- Arab Spring and Women's Rights
- Islamic feminism: what's in a name? [Al-Ahram Weekly Online, 17 - 23 January 2002.]
- Muslims Women’s Rights in the Global Village: Challenges and Opportunities [By Azizah Yahia al-Hibri, June 2010.]
- Real reform for women a must in Muslim world [The Australian, May 21, 2012.]
- The Course & Future of Islamic Feminism [Margot Badran is one of the most widely-known scholars of Islamic feminism. Reset DOC, 13 October 2010.]
- The Rise of the Islamic Feminists [The Nation, December 4, 2013.]
- Feminist critique and Islamic feminism: the question of intersectionality / Dr. Sara Salem © Copyright 2015 The Postcolonialist.
- Factbox-Women's rights in the Arab world Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 12 Nov 2013. Links to many other interesting articles.
- How to challenge the patriarchal ethics of Muslim legal tradition 13 May 2013.
- Save the Muslim girl Article from Rethinking Schools, Volume 24 No. 2 - Winter 2009-10.
- Stolen voices of Muslim women April 26, 2005.
- Why do they hate us ? The real war on women is in the Middle East FP, 2012.
- Women in the Middle East: Progress or regress? The Middle East Review of International Affairs, Volume 10, No. 2, Article 2 - June 2006.
- “Steps of the Devil” : Denial of Women’s and Girls’ Rights to Sport in Saudi Arabia Human Rights Watch report on the ban on women's participation in sport in Saudi Arabia.
- *Democracy, women’s rights, and public opinion in Tunisia / Robert Brym & Robert Andersen.
- Islam's other half. What does Islamic feminism have to offer? Where does it come from? Where is it going? [https://www.theguardian.com]
- A Thousand Years of the Persian Book Women Writers ("A Thousand Years of the Persian Book" exhibition at the Library of Congress)
Literature. (Recommended Readings)
Is there such a thing as Islamic Feminism? / Ghulam Esposito Haydar (Islam21c.com)
Feminism and Islam: Legal and Literary Perspectives is the title of Saudi scholar Mai Yamani's 1996 book comprising the essays of a substantial number of women scholars who are articulating an emerging Islamic feminism. (Published for CIMEL by Ithaca Press, 1996).
Feminism Inshallah : the story of Arab feminism. New York, NY : Woman Make Movies,  Filmmaker and author Feriel Ben Mahmoud tracks the progress of Arab women in their long march to assert their full rights and achieve empowerment. 1 videodisc (52 min.) In Arabic and French subtitled in English. [@ Dean Room Videodisc 6065--Uris Library Hours/Map].
Contesting female, feminist and Muslim identities : post-socialist contexts of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo / edited by Zilka Spahic-Siljak. "Prepared in the framework of the Regional Research Promotion Programme in the Western Balkans (RRPP), which is run by the University of Fribourg upon a mandate of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, SDC, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs" Foreword / Margot Badran -- Introduction / Zilka Spahić-Šiljak -- Women and politics / Lamija Kosović and Zilka Spahić-Šiljak -- Feminisms and Islam / Zilka Spahić-Šiljak -- The contexts of BiH and Kosovo / Gorana Mlinarević, Jasmina Čaušević, Ardiana Gashi [and others] -- Being a woman / Zilka Spahić-Šiljak and Lamija Kosović -- Becoming a feminist? / Zilka Spahić-Šiljak -- Conclusion / Zilka Spahić-Šiljak.
Feminist Movements in Egypt. Throughout the world, there have been a variety of marches, protests, events, and movements to encourage women's rights. Whether it be for voting rights, reproductive rights, or professional rights, women and their allies have had to fight for their place. In this article, Arab America contributing writer, Carrie Stewart, discusses Egypt as the most active Arab country with feminist movements. Read more
Controversies (issues & persons)
The Women Bringing Sex Ed to the Arab World / The New York Times Thursday, November 18, 2021. Activists are using social media to do what Arab countries have failed to do: teach women about their bodies. They’re aiming for a cultural awakening.
- Why Muslim Feminists Aren't Celebrating Hirsi Ali.
- Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Enlightened intolerance | The Economist Apr 16, 2014
- Why Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Criticism of Islam Angers Western Liberals
- "ayaa hirsi ali" www.loonwatch.com
- Ayaan Hirsi Ali - Harvard - Belfer Center
Islam & Feminism (Video/Streaming)
Islamic feminism | Malika Hamidi | TEDxFlandersSalon
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Islamic Feminism