Islamic feminists on the move. This is brilliant and completely rejects all attempts made to present Islamic feminists in the media. Excerpts from the piece:
At government policy levels some, Islamic women activists’ campaigns are having successes large and small in some surprising places: Morocco’s Moudawana (religious personal statute laws differing from civil law) have recently been revised after 30 years of struggle; in Turkey’s Ministry of Religion there is a cautious beginning by some scholars to work on the highly sensitive area of questioning the historical basis of the hadith (sayings and deeds attributed to the Prophet) which seem misogynist; and in Indonesia’s rural areas teaching materials are being revised.
Last autumn in Paris saw the first major discussion of the subject in France, hosted at Unesco’s headquarters. Belgium and Spain held similar conferences in the last two years.”We are living in an increasingly dangerous world, people are closing in on their own identities … we are trying to build bridges,” says Alain Gresh, president of Islam et Laïcité, one of the conference organisers, and a senior journalist who has written numerous books on the Middle East.
Islamic feminism is a decade and a half old. In the 1990s Iranian, Egyptian, Turkish, Moroccan, South African, American, feminists and religious scholars, among others, found they were all simultaneously working on reinterpretations of women’s rights under Islam.
Very, very interesting. Makes me proud as well.