A Muslimah’s Guide to Rocking the World

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Growing up as a queer-identified South Asian Muslimah and a survivor of domestic violence, I’ve occasionally felt that merely existing was, in and of itself, an act of rebellion. But I've been fortunate. I've not only survived, but thrived, now living the life of a resident physician. I can’t take all the credit for where I am because, simply put, I’m standing on the shoulders of giants. Through my life, I’ve consistently found media depictions of Muslim women and others engaging in daily acts o … [Read more...]

Islamic Scholarship and the Muslimah: A Reaction to Dr. Amina Wadud’s Cancelled Engagement by the University of Madras

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At the end of July, American Islamic Scholar Amina Wadud was scheduled to speak at the University of Madras. Her engagement was cancelled by the university at the 11th hour, in the midst of confusion after the city’s police force alleged unnamed threats of violence, suggested her appearance had earlier precipitated riots in Tamil Nadu (flatly false, as she has never spoken there before), and refused to offer security.The University of Madras's decision elicited a slew of sensational h … [Read more...]

Book Review: More Than a Prayer

More Than a Prayer

The title of Juliane Hammer’s new book American Muslim Women, Religious Authority, and Activism: More Than a Prayer, refers to the much-publicised Friday prayer led by Amina Wadud in March 2005. As Hammer explains in the introduction to her book,“The 2005 prayer, itself part of a larger trajectory of events, debates, and developments, focused and changed existing intra-Muslim discussions and reflections on issues ranging from women’s interpretation of the Qur’an, leadership, mosque space, a … [Read more...]

Getting to Know Amina Wadud: Review of A Jihad for Justice

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A couple of weeks ago Kecia Ali, Juliane Hammer, and Laury Silvers presented the e-book A Jihad for Justice: Honoring the Work and Life of Amina Wadud (the link takes you to a full PDF of the book). The e-book is meant to be a Festschrift, a German word for “a collection of academic essays by students of a significant scholar upon [her/his] retirement,” as described in the introduction.The pieces in this book are largely written by academics, yet it comprises a great and honest effort not onl … [Read more...]

The “Cool” Muslims of Contemporary Islam: Female Converts and their Presence in the Media

As a convert to Islam, I have had other Muslims ask me, particularly in settings where I have discussed Islamic feminism and LGBTQ2/S rights, whether or not I converted to be one of the “cool” Muslims that are often times presented in the media. By “cool,” people often mean not-orthodox.  (I started preparing this post before the discussion in the comments of Nicole’s post last week, but those comments emphasise the privilege that comes alongside getting to choose to be one of the “cool” ones.) … [Read more...]

There’s “Muslim,” and Then There’s “Muslim-Born”…

The Independent recently published an article by Jerome Taylor, titled "First woman to lead Friday prayers in the UK," talking about the mixed-congregation Friday prayers that Canadian Raheel Raza was to lead the following day.  I read it, feeling confused: didn't Amina Wadud do this already?Well, yes, she did.  The beginning of the article clarifies that Raza is the first Muslim-born woman to do so: A Canadian author will become the first Muslim-born woman to lead a mixed-gender British c … [Read more...]

The Day I Met Amina Wadud – a Critique

Salam waleykum, readers! I'm traveling, and so I didn't have time to put together Friday Links this week. In their place, I'm sharing this great critique with you. It was written by Cycads and originally appeared on her blog. Next week, our regularly scheduled programming will resume, so stay tuned.Any self-respecting news editor would know that significant, if not historical events require pretty polished reporting. The star-studded Musawah conference last February on Islamic family law … [Read more...]


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