I have been asking questions such
as “What is the Islamic view of women?” and “What does it mean to be a Muslim
woman?” for a long time. I was born female to a Muslim family living in Lahore,
a Muslim city in a Muslim country, Pakistan. Not until 1974, however, did I
begin my serious study of women’s issues in Islam and — I am still shocked to
reflect — this happened almost by accident.
I was, at that time,
faculty adviser to the Muslim Students’ Association chapter at Oklahoma State
University in Stillwater.
The study of women in the Middle East, now well into its second decade, has produced
an impressive corpus of papers and periodical articles. For purely practical
reasons, this review focuses on writings in English, in a selective rather than
all-inclusive manner. The analysis of women in the Middle East has not always
been undertaken with reference to Islam, but a significant body of works,
influenced partly by the Islamic resurgence, coincident with the rise of the
study of women as a separate field, does have reference to Islam.
Riffat Hassan, a native of Pakistan, received her doctorate
in Islamic Philosophy at Durham, England. Since 1976 she has been a professor in
Religious Studies at University of Louisville, Kentucky. Currently, she is a
visiting lecturer at the Divinity School Harvard University, where she is
working on a forthcoming book entitled "Equal Before Allah". The following
interview was recorded on April 16, 1986 and formed the basis for a November,
1987, Asian Communiqué radio program produced by Betty Milstead of the Center of
Asian Studies, University of Texas, Austin.
15-20,000 political prisoners in Turkey. Student, worker and ecologist
demonstrations are regularly broken up and demonstrators arrested and tortured.
There is a state of emergency in five eastern provinces as the large Kurdish
community continues to fight for its survival. Meanwhile, the regime makes the
superficial move towards liberalism, which are necessary for its application to
join the EEC to be accepted.
following interview Jill Bend from Off Our Backs (OOB) talks to three Turkish
The Islamic ideology regards women with a mixture of fear and paternalism, and sees
them both as the source of evil and as the most vulnerable member of the
household, in need of constant surveillance and protection. the policies of the
majority of Muslim states are accordingly framed, often equating women with
children and the insane.
which literally translated means total submission, is not merely a belief
system, but also a way of life and Muslims are expected to run their lives
according to the Qur’anic injunctions.
The report of the Board of Trustees to the General Assembly of the Arab Organisation
for Human Rights -which was adopted by the General Assembly of the AOHR in
Khartoum, Sudan, on 31 January 1987 - is in two parts.
first part, "The Arab Organisation for Human Rights over the past three years",
details the stages of the establishment of the Organisation, describes its
activities and includes an evaluation of its efforts as well as an examination
of future prospects.
The titles listed below can be ordered directly from the Muslim Women’s Research and Action Forum. Write to them at email@example.com for
Can We Women Head a Muslim State?
Translated into Tamil by M. Nuhman In her own words, in this slim volume Mernissi attempts to provide the young and uninformed reader with the basic facts about the ‘yes and No' debate on a woman's right to lead a Muslim
Response from Nasrine Abou-Bakre Gross, Afghan Women's Rights Activist and Negar Member, to the article of July 31, 2002 entitled 'US-Grown Feminist's Pace of Reform Riles Afghan Women', of which she was the subject.