This is an educational documentary produced by students who took my class on Islam in the Spring of 2018. This documentary is both an exercise in learning and teaching for the students. I am sharing this because I am proud of my students and want to highlight the openness and inclusiveness they have shown while studying a different culture and faith. Also included is a short commentary they have written to go with their video.
Great Women of Islam:
Khadijah, Fatimah and Ayeshah
By Allie Klein, Jillian Goblirsch, and Laila Mogharabi
Our documentary explores three important women in early Islam: Khadijah, Fatimah, and Ayeshah. It dispels the misconception that Islam, as a religion, is inherently biased towards women. Instead, figures such as Khadijah, Fatimah, and Ayeshah present themselves as strong, independent, and influential women who were well before their time. Woven throughout is a dialogue with young, self- identifying muslims, modern day men and women who support such findings. Although not taught in depth within religious school, the narratives of Khadijah, Fatimah, and Ayeshah are still an integral part of conversation shared at the dinner tables of muslim families throughout the world. Disregarding such important women would be foolish as their impact in the founding of Islam has left a lasting mark on this religion. Join us as we explore the lives of these women revealing a part of Islam often unheard by non-believers.