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Beyond the Veil – Women and Change in the Middle East

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars “Dialogue Radio” / By George Liston Seay / Listen To affect change, women must take charge of their own destiny. They must reclaim the tenets of their faith. They must also be willing to challenge deeply rooted traditions.

US, Women’s Rights Groups Work to Raise Status of Women in Iraq, Afghanistan

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

VOA News / Listen Do culture or religion explain why women have lesser status than men in many Muslim countries? Mahnaz Afkhami said she doesn’t think so. She adds that culture is not fixed and is always evolving.

Iran: Theocracy and Democracy

Monday, April 28, 2003

WAMU American University Radio “The Kojo Nnamdi Show” / By Kojo Nnamdi / Listen As Iraq’s Shiite Muslims emerge from Saddam’s shadow, we go inside neighboring Iran to examine a government they may emulate – one that adds a splash of democracy to a religious theocracy. Afkhami says that in Iran elections include pre-selected candidates, chosen according to values in line with theocratic arrangements.

Faith and Freedom:

Sunday, January 1, 1995

Women's Human Rights in the Muslim World 1995 / Syracuse University Press and I.B. Tauris / Edited "A gripping combination of serious scholarship and popularising" - MESA Bulletin Faith and Freedom is the first detailed study to emphasize Muslim women's rights as human rights and to explore the existing patriarchal structures and processes that present women's human rights as contradictory to Islam. Academics and activists, most of whom live in the Muslim world, discuss the major issues facing women of the region as they enter the twenty-first century. They demonstrate how the cultural segregation of women, and the monopoly on the interpretation...

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.

Muslim Feminist Comments on Women in Islam

Sunday, November 20, 1994

NPR "Weekend Edition" / By Liane Hansen Dr. Mahnaz Afkhami, the executive director of the Sisterhood Is Global Institute, talks with Liane Hansen about the restricted role of women in Islam. Dr. Afkhami says the problem of a woman's place in Muslim countries is not rooted in the religion, but in the patriarchal structures of society.

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 – Religion

"Women ought not to be forced to choose between freedom and God." - Rights of Passage

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?

"Religious zeal makes democracy problematic because it turns every attempt at understand and compromise - the hallmarks of democracy - into an evidentiary test of religious righteousness." - Rights of Passage