Alaa Murabit: What my religion really says about women | TED Talk | TED.com

What my religion really says about women: Alaa Murabit

After Ava Vidal wrote an article about Islamophobic attacks on British women,   she found herself on the receiving end of a heck of a lot of abuse. Here she   shares the worst of it (mainly from young men) and explains what she's   learned

Islamophobia: why do so many young men hate Muslim women?

Egypt ranked lowest in a new poll of women's rights in the Arab world, seeing a significant spike in sexual harassment rates. The study found the recent political changes in the region had failed to improve the status of women.

"In The Seraglio" by Frederick Arthur Bridgman (photo: Wikipedia)

In The Seraglio by Frederick Arthur Bridgman. Painting analysis, large resolution images, user comments, slideshow and much more.

Below is a list of books that I highly recommend to anyone interested in understanding re-interpretations of Islam, alternative readings to the traditionalist ones that are largely patriarchal in nature, or otherwise scholarship that complicate simplified ideas of Islam, women, gender, and sexuality.

Turkey's President Claims Muslim Women Should Reject Birth Control

The Tunisian intellectual Mohamed Talbi is regarded as one of the most critical leading thinkers in the Arab world. In his most recently published book, he denounces traditional Islamic religious scholars and argues for a contemporary reading of the Koran. Rachid Boutayeb introduces Mohamed Talbi.

Mohamed Talbi: ''Religious Dogmas Terrorize the Spirit'' - Qantara.

Whoever equates Islam with Islamists has allowed themselves to be taken in by the radicals and ignores the fact that there are many liberal Muslims who have adapted their faith to the requirements of the modern world. By Rainer Hermann

Islam and the modern age: Moving beyond dogmatic doctrine - Qantara.

I am gay and muslim - This film focuses on the subject of gay rights in the Islamic world.

I am gay and muslim - This film focuses on the subject of gay rights in the Islamic world.

Female scholars of Islam have decreed that child marriage should be banned after a rare congress held in Indonesia. Dozens of women from the Muslim-majority country as well as scholars from Saudi Arabia, India and Pakistan gathered for what is believed to be the first major meeting of female clerics in Cirebon, Java, issuing a raft of religious decrees on Thursday after three days of discussions.

Female Islamic clerics declare rare fatwa against child marriage

Euroopassa on haluttu tukea maltillista islamia järjestämällä omaa imaamikoulutusta, mutta muslimiyhteisöt hakevat imaaminsa mieluummin muslimimaista.

Euroopassa on haluttu tukea maltillista islamia järjestämällä omaa imaamikoulutusta, mutta muslimiyhteisöt hakevat imaaminsa mieluummin muslimimaista.

Muslim Student Heraa Hashmi Writes List Of Times Muslims Have Condemned Violence | The Huffington Post

Muslim Student Heraa Hashmi Writes List Of Times Muslims Have Condemned Violence

Muslim women soared high and made their distinguishing mark in history.

Great Women in Islamic History: A Forgotten Legacy - Young Muslim Digest

Pankaj Mishra at the book fair in Leipzig, 2014 (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Interview with author and essayist Pankaj Mishra: "Secularisation has really created a void of understanding" - Qantara.

Christian minorities in Iran

Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of US pastor Saeed Abedini, has personally delivered a letter pleading for her husband's release from prison to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani after a chance encounter in New York.

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