Inheritance Rights in Islam: Islamic Policies in Muslim and Secular States, Legal Systems and Media

During the past week, inheritance according to the precepts of Shari’ah was a hot topic around the world, from Australia and Pakistan to Tunisia and Malaysia. An overview of the system is available in this article, although, as always, there is much diversity both in specific understandings of inheritance laws and in broader understandings of what “Shari’ah” is.  A few days ago, Jamila Hussain wrote an opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald, discussing issues of equity vs. equality in inherit … [Read more...]

Balancing Jamie and Jamilah: A Review of “Ten Things I Hate About Me”

I was excited when the book Does My Head Look Big in This? came out a few years ago (see Melinda's MMW review of it here.) In that book, author Randa Abdel-Fattah tells the story of Amal, a young Australian Muslim woman who decides to wear hijab and navigates the challenges of expressing her identity as an Australian Muslim.  Books about young Muslims in the West (a political and not geographic definition, obviously, given that I'm including Australia) aren't exactly common, so it's always … [Read more...]

Discussing Muslim Women in Australia: An Interview With Joumanah El Matrah

Recently, Australia's ABC National Radio show, The Religion Report, covered the issue of racism experienced by Muslim women. In light of a recent Australian report entitled "Race, Faith and Gender" published by the Islamic Women's Welfare Council of Victoria that assessed the impact of racism on Muslim women, host David Rutledge interviewed Joumanah El Matra, the Executive Director of the Islamic Women's Welfare Council of Victoria about the issue. You can listen to the interview and read the … [Read more...]

Not Australia’s Next Top Model: Iktimal Hage-Ali

Iktimal Hage-Ali, 24 is a Lebanese-Australian woman whose life reads like an episode of E! True Hollywood Story.Hage-Ali, a former member of the government‘s Muslim Community Reference Group was arrested for conspiring to sell drugs on Nov. 22, 2006, eight days before she was named New South Wales’ Young Australian of the Year award. She relinquished this title after pictures of her sipping champagne surfaced on the Internet and reports about her cocaine habit were made public. She was rel … [Read more...]

Looking at Masjid Inequality in Australia

'Eid Mubarak to everyone! 'Eid ul'adha is a reflective time for Muslims all over. There's the story Abraham and Ismail's sacrifice to God and what that sacrifice means in terms of our own relationships to God. There's also Hagar's story of being in the desert and actively asking God to help her find food and water for her and her child. During Hajj itself, there are many lessons learned by the pilgrims. One of the greatest is the equality of all Muslims before God. During hajj, men and women … [Read more...]


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