#research: Veiled lives? Muslim women, headscarves, and manufacturing Islam – @girlwpen

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“Much of the sociological research on veiling in the United States, amongst converts and born-Muslims alike, imagines veiling largely as an individual choice. My own data suggested a more complicated process. From the women I interviewed and in my observations at the mosque I found that women in the process of converting were constantly being taught – through religious classes […]

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#vivelafeminism: #womenslives: being a muslim feminist

My lecturer, once, singled me out in class as being “oppressed” when there was a discussion about how people view things differently. At that time, I was surprised. Admittedly, I was sporting a baggy shirt with a scarf that covered my hair, but I still felt very uncomfortable to have been categorized as the odd one out just because of […]

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#research: Talk of “women’s emancipation in communities where they are being held back by regressive cultural practices

Talk of “women’s emancipation in communities where they are being held back by regressive cultural practices” is merely a synonym for “Muslim women need saving”. Yes, patriarchy is indeed a problem within the Muslim community, but it is by no means exceptional. On the one hand, Muslim women are required to do more to integrate, and on the other we’re […]

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#vivelafeminism: “Discourse on feminism in Muslim-world largely revolved around women’s rights compatibility with Islam” – @_DinaYazdani

Historically, agency of women is egregiously reduced in a time of war. Even in stable countries like Tunisia and Egypt, women pursuing the advancement and codification of their political, social and economic rights are hindered by deeply conservative societies and dominant Islamist political parties. Unless these realities change, will women eventually hit a ceiling in their pursuit of equality? FEMINISM […]

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#research: Women more religiously devout than men, new study finds…

#research: Women more religiously devout than men, new study finds… … despite still being excluded from positions of power, influence and leadership in most (all?) religions/ faiths. On the Guardian (emphasis added): Women are more religiously devout than men even though they are excluded from positions of leadership in many faiths and denominations, a new study has found. According to […]

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#saturdaysatire: Pope Francis Forgives Women for Having Periods

In an act of unprecedented grace, Pope Francis has announced that the Catholic Church will allow priests to forgive women who have committed the “original sin” of menstruation. “It is important, in this Year of Mercy, for the Church to show compassion toward all members of society,” said Pope Francis, after the Synod on Girl Stuff concluded late last week. […]

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#womenslives: Hanna Yusuf asks why a simple piece of clothing is seen as the very epitome of oppression

https://embed.theguardian.com/embed/video/commentisfree/video/2015/jun/24/hijab-not-oppression-feminist-statement-video Hanna Yusuf asks why a simple piece of clothing is seen as the very epitome of oppression. She says many women find empowerment in rejecting the idea that women can be reduced to their sexual allure – and we should not assume that every women who wears the hijab has been forced into it. From the guardian. (Excerpt etc. […]

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#research: Teens are fleeing religion like never before: Massive new study exposes religion’s decline

Religion is rapidly losing the youngest generation of Americans, according to new research. America’s rising generation of adults are the least religiously observant of any generation in six decades, determined an expansive study led by Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State. “Unlike previous studies, ours is able to show that millennials’ lower religious involvement is due to […]

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#womenslives: My unveiling ceremony

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My unveiling ceremony (NYtimes) CAIRO — I wore the hijab — a form of dress that comprises a head scarf and usually also clothing that covers the whole body except for the face and hands — for nine years. Put more honestly: I wore the hijab for nine years and spent eight of them trying to take it off. I […]

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#vivelafeminism: Imperialist feminism and liberalism

I’ve posted several pieces about this lately (e.g. “Or You Could Ask Us”: On Talking Over Muslim Women, Muslim feminists reclaim the hijab to fight the patriarchy, and Why Being a Muslim Woman Makes Me a Better Feminist). As westerners, we colonise, geographically, materially, physically, and intellectually. In terms of women, that is never more apparent than when we (as […]

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