Same-Sex Muslim Marriages Coming to Mosque Near You?

In the last few years, the international emphasis on locating social rights within the Qur’an has primarily been driven by and for women. NGOs in Morocco, Malaysia, Jordan, Afghanistan, Tunisia, and countless other Muslim countries have rallied communities, encouraging them to look critically at the patriarchal structures that have dictated Qur’anic interpretation to date. Through methods unlike those of western countries—methods that often include political embeddedness, the provision of social … [Read more...]

Nasir’s Nikah: One Woman’s Marriage Contract

Ayesha Nasir's recent article on Slate about signing her religious marriage contract in Pakistan tells of the family pressures that she and many of her "well-educated female friends" faced that led them to sign marriage contracts without reading them fully.The article is generally well-written, and brings up some important points.  Nasir talks about the ways that the Islamic marriage contract can be ideally used to protect the women who sign it (through the possibility for including sti … [Read more...]

Always an Unregistered Wife, Never a Bride

When I first read the BBC's article on Tajik women who are left destitute because their Islamic marriages (nikaah) were not recognized by the secular government in Tajikistan, I have to admit that I cringed and felt a bit defensive. Here was another story portraying Muslim women as poor victims of Muslim men but, even more importantly, of Islam itself. The headline reads "Legal limbo for Tajik Islamic brides (emphasis added)". Throughout the article, there is the constant reference to Islamic … [Read more...]


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