When persons identify themselves as secular or secularist this does not per se mean that they are not religious or anti-religious. Sisters in Islam[ edit ] Amina Wadudco-founder of Sisters in Islam Sisters in Islam SIS is a Malay civil society organisation committed to promoting the rights of women within the frameworks of Islam and universal human rights.
Colleges such as the Saqlatuniya Madrasa in Cairo were funded and staffed entirely by women. Actually, even here in the United States, with our tradition of secular feminism, religion has been present. These dichotomies were nurtured by colonialism and later politicised by Islamists as rigid and implacably adversarial identities.
So each time it was after a cataclysmic event of some sort. SIS work focuses on challenging laws and policies made in the name of Islam that discriminate against women.
Activists use these egalitarian readings to push for new practices within families and societies, and to support reform of Muslim family laws. International conferences on Islamic feminism like those recently held in Barcelona and Oxford provide important forums for the exchange of experience and ideas and for debate and strategising.
But when the political circumstances were right and there was political will from on high — and with all the important public work done by feminists in Morocco — the old patriarchal family law was turned on its head, with re-readings of Islam brought to bear.
She used classical Islamic methodology to expose the misogyny fraud. Central to modern-day fears is fear of women — who are said to unleash fitna violence and chaos — a displacement operation if ever there was one. Secular here is not tantamount to un-religious or anti-religious.
Islamic feminism insists upon the separation of religion and state, resolutely upholding the notion of a secular state.
Mernissi was of the same generation as the Egyptian feminist writer Nawal El Saadwai, and the two of them really put second-wave feminism on the map in the Middle East. Men and women have equal rights in mosques, boards, leadership and all spheres of society.
Two points are important to remember: Islamic feminism assists people in negotiating the multiple identities that we all possess, even within the context of a single culture.
Islamic feminism rejects the dichotomy between east and west, and between secular and religious. The two conferences drew speakers and participants from around the world: She hit the mark, as such hadith have been used virtually on a daily basis to belittle, intimidate, and control women, all women — from the grassroots to elite enclaves.
He wrote that girls and women could study, earn ijazahs academic degrees and qualify as scholars ulema and teachers.The emergence and evolution of Egyptian feminism is an integral, but previously untold, part of the history of modern Egypt.
Drawing upon a wide range of women's sources--memoirs, letters, essays, journalistic articles, fiction, treatises, and extensive oral histories--Margot Badran shows how Egyptian women assumed agency and in so /5(2).
Third, Margot Badran shows that feminism and Islam have not always been antagonistic, and have often advanced hand in hand.
Indeed, during the period of first-wave feminism in Egypt and until the s, there were cordial relations between feminists and Islamist women, who shared many goals.4/5(2).
The best books on Islam and Feminism recommended by Margot Badran. Feminism in Islam by Margot Badran. Related interviews.
Catherine Mayer on Alternative Futures Books. Peter Adamson on Philosophy in the Islamic World Books. Kayla Rae Whitaker on Stories about Women Artists. There is a growing movement among Muslims, especially women, away from the inherited patriarchal Islam toward an egalitarian Islam.
The move is occurring in both older Muslim societies and in the. Islamic feminism is defined by Islamic scholars as being more radical than secular feminism, and as being anchored within the discourse of Islam with the Quran as its central text.  During recent times, the concept of Islamic feminism has grown further with Islamic groups looking to garner support from many aspects of society.
While many in the West regard feminism and Islam as a contradiction in terms, many Muslims in the East have perceived Western feminist forces in their midst as an assault upon their culture.
In this career-spanning collection of influential essays, Margot Badran presents the feminisms that Muslim women have created, and examines Islamic and.Download