Motherhood and Islam: The Revered, the Bad, and the Mystical

Mother Minaret.

I can’t remember when I first learned that “Paradise is under the feet of mothers.” But I do remember the first time my parents quoted the story when the Prophet was asked who has greater right, the mother or the father, and replied ”Your mother, your mother, your mother, then your father.” This three-fold reiteration of the privileged status of the mother in Islam is central to those endless articles on “Women in Islam,” which tend to collapse the status of women with the reverence for mothers i … [Read more...]

Responding to the Goatmilk Debates on Islam and Feminism: Part Two

Recently, the “Goatmilk” blog hosted a debate, with the resolution: Islam is Incompatible with Feminism.  Speaking for the motion was Mohamad Tabbaa, and opposing it was Katrina Daly Thompson.Not surprisingly, several MMW writers had something to say in response.  The reactions of Syma, Nicole, and Eren are shared here in two parts.  You can find Part One here.Eren: Tabbaa talks about feminism but fails to make it clear that feminism is not a monolithic body, and arguably, is not a W … [Read more...]

Responding to the Goatmilk Debates on Islam and Feminism: Part One

Recently, the “Goatmilk” blog hosted a debate, with the resolution: Islam is Incompatible with Feminism.  Speaking for the motion was Mohamad Tabbaa, and opposing it was Katrina Daly Thompson.Not surprisingly, several MMW writers had something to say in response.  The reactions of Syma, Nicole, and Eren are shared here in two parts.Syma: I took the liberty of mapping out Tabbaa’s argument as to why Islam and feminism are incompatible, and it certainly seems like a straw-man argument when … [Read more...]

Fatima Mernissi’s Struggle with Islam and Democracy

Fatima Mernissi’s book The Forgotten Queens of Islam is a historical study that analyzes women’s place in the public sphere and their relationship with power. Her book explores the ironies and oxymora of women and power through Islamic history. Mernissi transcends the historical to discover the bits and pieces of the situations surrounding political women in today’s Muslim societies.Starting off through the example of Benazir Bhutto, Mernissi argues that despite religious leaders’ rejection of … [Read more...]

Announcing “The Future of Islam In the Age of New Media”

Muslimah Media Watch is a proud partner for The Future of Islam In the Age of New Media, featuring 60 speakers in 60 seconds each, for a total of 60 insightful minutes. This is an unprecedented online event and audio seminar happening in May.Billed as "the shortest conference on Islam ever," it brings together many names and faces you'll recognize including our very own Editor-in-Chief, Fatemeh and Contributor Sana, along with several prominent female Muslim voices, such as Zeba Khan, Sana … [Read more...]

Self-Congratulatory Feminism, Now in Muslim Flavor!

Heralded Muslim feminist Mona Eltahawy asks in the ever-tabloid Toronto Star to be allowed to confuse you, the reader, by virtue of the apparently contradictory labels self-assigned to her socio-political and religious beliefs. The point of article (as it become somewhat clear in the last few paragraphs) is to shed light on how, despite her unorthodox views on Islam, and particularly gender in Islam, the faith "belongs" to her as much as to any other Muslim, more orthodox than her or not. This … [Read more...]

Maintaining a Narrative: ABC’s Monolithic Muslim Experience

Spearheading the healing of a slowly crippling nation, ABC News has decided to take it upon itself to play the role of facilitator between American Muslims and the generally more acceptable genre of Americans. ABC has broadcasted an assemblage of insightful (see: inciteful) shows aimed at answering those hard-hitting questions that no one else seems to be asking, as indicated by the aptly-entitled "Holy War: Should Americans be afraid of Islam?", hosted by the ever identity-complex-laden … [Read more...]


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