[empower] feminist ancestors

Most of the 28 finalists, and 9 of the 13 prize winners were women. These figures reflect the high proportion of women participating in youth literary activities among Afghans in Iran, a reflection of Afghan women’s demand to have their voices heard.
Could progressive readings of Islam enhance women's rights? In India, Margot Badran talks to Muslims who see religion as a way to emancipation.
Salma Sobhan never wanted to be an icon. In fact, she avoided stage lights, but ironically she has become a public figure and now, a year after she left us, she is remembered not only by family and friends, but nationally & internationally by many others.
A review of the study of Islam and Muslims in China by Maria Jaschok and Shui Jingjun.
“Les femmes perses avaient effectué un grand bond et étaient presque devenues, depuis 1907, les plus progressistes sinon les plus radicales au monde. Qu’une telle déclaration aille à l’encontre des idées du siècle n’y change rien. Tels sont les faits ...
• Excerpts from: New York Times, November 28, 1999

Sufia Kamal, Bangladeshi Writer and Women's Rights Advocate, Dies
By Douglas Martin

Sufia Kamal, a Bangladeshi poet, political activist and feminist, died at age 88 on Nov. 20 1999 and was buried [...] with full state honors, the first woman to receive that recognition from Bangladesh. [...] [Thousands] of people paid their respects to Ms. Kamal at her funeral [...] in Dhaka. [...] [Begum Kamal] ...
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In many ways, it is possible to say that feminism has erupted onto the Turkish political scene in the latter half of the 1980’s. Since 1983, a number of publications and public meetings organised by feminists have already made an impact on political and intellectual circles in Istanbul and Ankara (cf. Tekeli 1986 and forthcoming). The general public heard of these women on two separate occasions.
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Women in Pakistan like their counterparts elsewhere in the world have been victims of the double oppression of class and gender.
Islamic feminism is on the whole more radical than Muslims' secular feminisms, argues Margot Badran.
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