Tag Archive | "Muslim Women"

Faith and Freedom: Introduction

Sunday, January 1, 1995

Part I of this two-part volume addresses the patriarchal structures and processes that present women's human rights as contradictory to Islam. It examines how social and cultural segregation of women, contradictory and conflicting legal codes, and the monopoly held by a select group of male theologians on interpretation of religious texts result in domestic and political violence against women and in suppression of their rights. It also focuses on ways and means of empowering Muslim women to participate in the general socialization process as well as in making, implementing, and evaluating public policy. In Part II the book presents concrete examples to demonstrate the kind, nature, and intensity of problems women face in contemporary Muslim societies. The stories generally corroborate Anne Mayer's thesis that Muslim women's predicament is significantly exacerbated by government hypocrisy.

Cutting Edge of the Islamic Revolution

Friday, September 16, 1994

The Washington Post / By Amy E. Schwartz A small women's human rights organization called the Sisterhood Is Global Institute, scheduled a two day conference on "Religion, Culture, and Women's Human Rights in the Muslim World." The event didn't end up being entirely about Cairo, or about Tasmina Nasrin -- a besieged Bangladeshi writer -- either, but both were frequently and passionately invoked by a group that ranged from secular to head-scarved -- and was about triple its projected size. The conference bristled with Muslim women who in recent years have gone back to the texts -- the Koran, the sayings of the prophet, the historical accretion of commentaries and law codes -- the better to argue for rights with conservative clergymen on their own ground.

Middle Eastern Women and Human Rights

Saturday, January 1, 1994

In Women, Culture and Society: A Reader

Rethinking Women’s Human Rights in the Middle East

Wednesday, January 1, 1992

In Women, Culture and Society: A Reader Middle Eastern women leaders, as indeed other women leaders, need to transcend their parochial cultures and achieve the ability to look at women’s condition, which is in a significant sense the human condition, from a global view­ point. They must become global leaders, for oth­erwise they will not be able to defend and promote rights that are historically valid against accusations that they are instruments of imperial­ist domination.

About Mahnaz Afkhami

A lifetime advocate for the rights of women, Mahnaz Afkhami works with activists across the world, especially in Muslim majority societies, to help women become leaders. She is Founder and President of Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace (WLP), Executive Director of Foundation for Iranian Studies...more

Quotables – Muslim Women

"The most taxing contradiction [Muslim women] face casts the demands of living in the contemporary world against the requirements of tradition as determined and advanced by the modern Islamist world view. At the center of this conflict is the dilemna of Muslim women’s human rights – whether Muslim women have rights because they are human beings, or whether they have rights because they are Muslim" - Faith and Freedom: Introduction

"To the extent that Islam, defined and interpreted by traditionalist "Muslim" men, is allowed to determine the context and contour of the debate on women's rights, women will be on the losing side of the debate because the conclusion is already contained in the premise and reflected in the process. This is the heart of the moral tragedy of Muslim societies in our time." - Gender Apartheid, Cultural Relativism, and Women's Human Rights

“Islam is not the problem. Rather it is the misuse of Islam by interpreting it to fit the needs of the partriarchal order - the powers that be - and the privileges that one gender has held over the other.” - How are women working to eliminate violence against women in Muslim-majority societies?