Feminism and Islam can they be compatible?

Feminism and Islam can they be compatible?

Islam and Feminism?

Asra Nomani discusses this in this video and it leads to questioning whether she is on the losing side, as the voices of Muslim reformers like her are not even taken seriously by the mainstream media never mind conservative Muslim leaders.  We should support Muslim reformers as much as we can but never leave it just to them as this would be disastrous for Western society.  They are an important tool in the fight against radical Islam, or as I argue conservative Islam, but only one tool.  This is a war for the soul of our societies and we need to work together in mutual support but ensuring we don’t sit back thinking others will win the fight for us.

Asra Nomani: Liberals have got to stop siding with far right Muslims

Asra Nomani: Liberals have got to stop siding with far right Muslims

Too Young to Wed – children and forced marriages

Too Young to Wed – children and forced marriages

A bride that should stay a child

In many ways, this video is shocking to the liberal Western mind.  It brings to the light a world that we would rather not contemplate, a world that is cruel and unforgiving to children (especially girls) that in many ways are seen as commodities rather than children.  They are a cultural and economic asset and as such have no rights.

We look at such stories and are shocked and take comfort in the fact that such things do not happen here in the West.  In the UK we take comfort in the fact that we have moved past such practices and have legal safeguards against both child and forced marriages (are not all child marriages not forced marriages?).  Yet this is far from the truth and this is the most shocking thing about child and forced marriages – they are alive and well in the UK

Such reports should shock us but what good is being shocked if we do nothing to stop the practice in the UK (never mind far-flung places like Afghanistan)?  Just because an Afghan person comes to the UK does not mean that they leave their cultural norms in Afghanistan.

Asra Nomani – the hijab in Islam

Asra Nomani – the hijab in Islam

Politics & Clothing: The Hijab

This is the title given by the organisers of this dialogue between  Asra Nomani and Hoda Katebi on the hijab.

Published on 8 Jun 2016

When Italian designers Dolce & Gabbana announced its first hijab collection, it wasn’t just the fashion world that took notice. In many ways, hijab is becoming part of mainstream Western culture, worn by characters on television series, Olympic athletes, even a new Barbie doll. Still the wearing of hijab continues to spark other responses, from attacks on women in Paris, to calls from some Muslim women to end what they view as an oppressive form of dress. CHF convenes a conversation to discuss the complex and sometimes contradictory responses to hijab, including Asra Nomani, journalist and author of “Standing Alone in Mecca” and Hoda Katebi, activist and author of “Tehran Street Style,” moderated by Duaa Eldeib of the Chicago Tribune. This program was recorded on Apr 30, 2016 as part of Chicago Humanities Festival’s inaugural spring festival, Style: http://chf.to/Style2016
I have to say that I found this video to be very informative, not only concerning the hijab (and how it is used in Islam) but my understanding and appreciation of Asra Nomani.  Articulate, intelligent and very clear and gracious – the opposite of her fellow speaker who comes across as shallow and intolerant of anything that does not suit her own narrative (sound familiar when it comes to Islam?) who focuses on identity politics and her own sense of personal victimisation.
The Honor Diaries – an introduction

The Honor Diaries – an introduction

Honor Diaries

I would advise those interested in work challenging the paralyzing political correctness that prevents many from identifying, understanding and addressing this international human rights disaster which is the treatment of women by Islam.

If you really want to understand what women are facing then connect to this project.  Why is it so wrong for the West to have close ties with Saudi Arabia?  Follow the link to their site here.

HONOR DIARIES FEATURES NINE COURAGEOUS WOMEN’S RIGHTS ADVOCATES WITH CONNECTIONS TO MUSLIM-MAJORITY SOCIETIES WHO ARE ENGAGED IN A DIALOGUE ABOUT GENDER INEQUALITY.

These women, who have witnessed firsthand the hardships women endure, are profiled in their efforts to affect change, both in their communities and beyond.

The film gives a platform to exclusively female voices and seeks to expose the paralyzing political correctness that prevents many from identifying, understanding and addressing this international human rights disaster.  Freedom of movement, the right to education, forced marriage, and female genital mutilation are some of the systematic abuses explored in depth.

Spurred by the Arab Spring, women who were once silent are starting to speak out about gender inequality and are bringing visibility to a long history of oppression. This project draws together leading women’s rights activists and provides a platform where their voices can be heard and serves as inspiration to motivate others to speak out.

More than a movie, Honor Diaries is a movement meant to inspire viewers to learn more about issues facing women in Muslim-majority societies, and to act for change.

Originally posted 2016-06-30 00:02:14. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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