Without a Prayer: Eid for Muslim Women in South Africa

Several weeks after Eid al-Fitr, it’s a good time to analyze the recent media embroglio about women and Eid prayers in South Africa. The ways in which South African Muslims interact with the media has changed drastically in the last few years with the rise of social media, and this has reflected itself especially in what has been called "the desktop gender jihad” (women using the internet to fight, lobby and advocate for their rights).In the weeks following Eid al-Fitr, a group of South Afr … [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...]


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