GENDER ISSUES - Women in Islam - article collection
Posted Mar 22, 2009

GENDER ISSUES - WOMEN IN ISLAM - article collection

collected by Sheila Musaji

originally posted 1/11/2003 - updated 3/19/2009

13 most powerful Muslim women in Britain

2005 International Women’s Day Address to the European Parliament, Nurit Peled-Elhanan

A Collection of References from the Quran and Hadith about the Rights of Women guaranteed by Islam

A Declaration of the Rights of Women in Islamic Societies

A Deobandi With A Difference: Waris Mazhari on the Imrana Affair, Yoginder Sikand

A Woman’s Reflection on Leading Prayer, Yasmin Mogahed

A World Where Womanhood Reigns Supreme - (The Seeds of My Own Re-evaluations), Mary Walker

Afghanistan - The Plight of the Muslim Women under the Taliban
- Karzai urges more freedom for women

Aisha’s Legacy, Amina Wadud, 

Algeria - Suffering of Algeria’s Women at the Hands of the Islamists, Aisha Lemsine, 

American Muslims, Freedom of Expression and Hijab,  Salma Kazmi

America’s First Muslimah Judge

Amina Wadud Leading Prayer

An Appeal for Tolerance Regarding Established Views on Women in Islam*, Abdur Rahman Muhammad

An Islamic Perspective on Domestic Violence, Azizah Y. al-Hibri

An Islamic Perspective on Women in the Political System

An Islamic Perspective on Women and Islamic Inheritance

An Islamic Perspective on Divorce

Arab women demand equal opportunities

Are We Reducing God To A mere Policeman, Raheel Raza 

Articulating an American Voice of Islam and Justice: Answering Mukhtaran Mai - Statement by American Muslims

At the pilgrimage, men, women pray side by side

AUDIO:  Dr. Ingrid Mattson on Gender Equity in Islam

The banished voices of Muslim women, Soumaya Ghannoushi

Boys Will Be Boys, Abdal Hakim Murad,

BOOK REVIEW:  Feminism beyond East and West – New Gender Talk and Practice in Global Islam (Margot Badran), Yoginder Sikand
BOOK REVIEW:  Qur’an and Women (Dr. Amina Wadud), Farzana Hassan Shahid
BOOK REVIEW:  Gendering the Spirit (Durre Ahmed), Eric Winkel, Ph.D.
BOOK REVIEW:  Shattering Stereotypes:Muslim Women Speak Out, B.N. Aziz

BOOK:  Women and Gender in Islam, Leila Ahmed
BOOK:  Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender and Pluralism (Omid Safi)
BOOK:  Qur’an and Women (Dr. Amina Wadud)
BOOK:  Believing Women in Islam (Asma Barlas)
BOOK:  Beyond the Veil (Fatima Mernissi)
BOOK:  Tao of Islam (Sachiko Murata)
BOOK:  The Veil and the Male Elite (Fatima Mernissi)
BOOK:  Woman in Shari’ah (Abdur Rahman I. Doi)
BOOK:  Woman in Islam (B. Aisha Lemu)
BOOK:  Women of Sufism (Camille Adams Helminski)
BOOK:  Women, Muslim Society, and Islam (Lamya Al-Faruqi)
BOOK:  Windows of Faith (Muslim Women Scholar-Activists in NA( Gisela Webb)
BOOK:  Shattering The Stereotypes: Muslim Women Speak Out, Nawal El Saadawi
BOOK:  Muslim Women in America: The Challenge of Islamic Identity Today, by Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad
BOOK:  Voices of Resistance: Muslim Women on War, Faith and Sexuality, Sarah Husain  The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf, Mohja Kahf
BOOK:  Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak
BOOK:  The Mobilization of Muslim Women in Egypt, Ghada Hashem Talhami
BOOK:  Extraordinary women from the Muslim world

Born in the U.S.A : A New American Islam Proves Devotion and Women’s Liberation Do Mix, Miriam Udel Lambert

Bravo CAIR!: Better Late then Never - CAIR Revises American Muslim Policy on Women in Mosques, M. A. Muqtedar Khan

Burka and the Bikini, Aziz Poonawalla

CAIR “Women-Friendly Mosques” Document Leaves Unanswered Questions, Shahed Amanullah

Can Islam liberate women?,4273,4314573,00.html

Challenges Facing American Muslim Women, Maher Hathout,

Challenges of Womens Space in Masjids, Abdul Malik Mujahid

Claiming Our Rights: A Manual for Women’s Human Rights Education in Muslim Societies

Colloquium: Muslim Woman Gives Part of Eid Khutbah

Count Me With the Daughters, Michael Muhammad Knight

Crisis of Male Epistemology in Islamic Jurisprudence, Abdulaziz Sachedina,

Denying Women Access to the Mosque, Shamima Shaikh, 

Denying women access to the ‘Main Space’ - A Betrayal of the Prophet

Devotion and Women’s Liberation Do Mix, Miriam Udel Lambert,

Domestic Violence and abuse in the Muslim community - Resource collection

Don’t Say Aurat, Yahya Monastra,

The Dynamics of Male-Female Relationships: A Contemporary Analysis (Qur’an 4:34)*, Amina Wadud-Muhsin

Egypt’s Lading Feminist Unveils Her Thoughts, Ahmed Nassef
Egyptian women’s rights: A century on
Egypt - ‘New era’ for Egyptian women 
Egyptian women blog for their rights

Ending Domestic Violence in Muslim Families, Sharifa Alkhateeb

Feminism and the Struggle Against Globalization, Farish A. Noor

Forget the stereotypes: Iran’s women are active and organised, Massoumeh Torfeh,,2237580,00.html

Free and equal under the Qur’an, Havva G. Guney-Ruebenacker

Friday Prayers Led By Women, Dr. Aslam Abdullah

Gender Based Exclusionism at a Muslim Student Association, Shabana Mir, Part I , Part II

Gender Equality and Muhammad Yunus

Gender Perspectives in Islamic Tradition, Omaima AbouBakr 

Gender Politics - ISNA’s First Female President

Gendercide? India’s population distortion —Ishtiaq Ahmed

Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Asma Gul Hassan

Going Where I Know I Belong, Asra Nomani,

Headcovering in Jewish Law,

Headcovering (Hijab) Debate - article collection

HONOR KILLINGS?, Samara Siddiqui,
-  Reactions to Shahpara Syeed’s Death,  and
- Lessons for Muslims,
-  Muslim Women’s League Position Paper on HONOR KILLINGS,
- Honor Killing, Mohammed Fadel,
- Death of Aqsa Parvez Should Be an Interfaith Call to Action, Sheila Musaji
- Islam and Honor Killings, Imam Zaid Shakir

Impact of Marginalizing Women in the Islamic Movement, Waheeda Carvello

In Charge of Women, Zeeshan hasan

In Quest for Equal Rights, Muslim Women’s Meeting Turns to Islam’s Tenets

In Recognition of Women, Khaled Abou El Fadl

India - Change in the air for Muslim women
Indian Women Build Own Mosque, Aljazeera,

Indonesian Women call for rethinking of Islamic dogma

Inheritance, MWL

Interfaith Group Takes New Approach to Domestic Abuse, Rebecca Rosen Lum

International Congress on Islamic Feminism

Interview with Laleh Bakhtiar on The First English Translation of the Qur’an by an American Woman, Sheila Musaji

Iraqi women demand equality, end to violence

Iranian Women to Lead Prayers,

Iraqi Women’s Delegation Fights to Be Heard in U.S.

Is Headcover for Women Mandatory in Islam, Ibrahim Syed,

Is Islam Really Stuck in the 12th Century on Women’s Rights?, Joshua Holland

Islam, Nonviolence, and Women, Khalijah Mohd. Salleh

Islam, Irigaray, and the retrieval of gender, Abdal Hakim Murad

Islamic Feminism Revisited, Margot Badran

Islamic Jurisprudence, ‘Civil’ Disobedience, and Woman-led Prayer, Laury Silvers

Islamic law and custom: redefining Muslim women’s rights, Azizah al-Hibri

Islamization and its Impact on Democratic Governance and Women’s Rights in Islam: A Feminist Perspective, Zainab Anwar,

Islam’s Encounter With America: Making Sense of the Progressive Muslim Agenda, Louay Safi

Issues of Concern for Muslim Women

Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights

Lebanon - Beirut hosts ‘honour killing’ conference

Letter to Human Rights Commission of Pakistan on Zina Ordinance, Farzana Hassan

Listen to the Feminine, Jeremy Henzell-Thomas

Malaysian Women, Ishtiaq Ahmed

Male or Female: Pieces of the Same Puzzle, Hwaa Irfan

Marriage and divorce (section on Muslim Women’s League site)

Ingrid Mattson: Putting a Different Face on Islam in America

Morocco uses women preachers to promote moderate Islam
Morocco - women win rights

Musawah Movement: Seeking Equality and Justice in Muslim Family Law
Musawah movement: Muslim Women Warriors

Muslim Art Festival: No Women Allowed

Muslim Woman in the 21st Century Forward or Backwards*, Amina Wadud-Muhsin

Muslim Women And Gender Justice

Muslim Women frame a new dialogue between cultures

Muslim Women in Terrorist Groups: Emancipation of Regress?, Farish A. Noor

Muslim Women Gather in Barcelona, Spain for Muslim Feminists Conference

Muslim women in high places, Shahed Amanullah

Muslim Women Leading Prayer

Muslim women raise voices worldwide

Muslim women reclaim their original rights

Muslim women scholars, a secret history

Muslim women urged to reject the Niqab, PMUNA

Muslim Women’s Courage and Vision, Amr Rashid,

Muslim Womens League article collection

Muslimah Writers Alliance Joins in Petitioning Saudi Arabia for Reversal of Forced Divorce, Aishah Schwartz

National Dialogue Launched on Women in Canadian Mosques, Muneeb Nasir

Negotiating Female “Public” Space in Islamic/ate Societies, Ed. Asma Afsaruddin

No One Owns Islam, Omar Gatto

Noor Anayat Khan: The princess who became a spy

Opportunities Facing American Muslim Women, Asifa Quraishi,

Pakistan -  The situation of women in Pakistan

Polygamy in Islamic Law, Dr. Jamal Badawi

QURAN Translation:  The Sublime Qur’an (tr. Laleh Bakhtiar)

Qur’an 4:34:  Chastising Women: A Means to Resolve Marital Problems?, AbdulHamid A. Abu Sulayman

Qur’an, Hadith and Women, Asghar Ali Engineer

Qur’anic Foundations of Muslim Women’s Rights, Azizah al-Hibri,

Redefining Muslim Women’s Roles, Azizah al-Hibri,

Redefining Muslim Women’s Rights, Azizah al-Hibri,

Redefining Muslim women’s roles in the next century, Azizah al-Hibri

Reflections on International Women’s Day

Rescue Us from This Town: Confronting the Oppression of Women in Muslim Society, Shabana Mir

Reviving a Tradition: Muslim Women as Religious Authorities, Yoginder Sikand

Rites and Rights: the Mosque Movement From Mecca to Main Street, Margot Badran

Rights of Muslim Women (section on Muslim Women’s League site) - (section of Karamah site)

Rumi’s view of women: Enclosing the divine

San Francisco Mosque Gender Separation Issue , Gender Barrier Comes Down at San Francisco Mosque

Saudi Arabia to lift ban on women drivers
Saudi Women Have Message for U.S. Envoy, Steven R. Weisman
Saudi women join reform call

Shattering the idol of spiritual patriarchy: Towards a gender-fair notion of prayer in Islam

Shattering Illusions - Western Conceptions of Muslim Women

Shock and Awe in the First Intifada of American Gender Insurgency: Paradigmatic, Strategic, and Legal Perspectives, By Dr. Robert D. Crane

Snapshots of Muslim women’s leadership 2006

Social degradation of women - a crime and a libel on Islam, Marmaduke Pikthall

Social Involvement of Women in Islam, Zaid Shakir

Social Interaction in Islam

Somalia - Gender-Based Violence Galvanized Warlords’ Foes: Somali Women Gave Crucial Support for Islamic Militias, Craig Timberg

Spiritual Role of Women in Islam

Spurning the Stereotype: Indias Largest English Islamic Magazines Woman Editor, Yoginder Sikand

The Status of Women is the Status of Islam*, By Samar Luberto

The Status of Woman in Islamic Law, 4 parts

Sudan’s Turabi disputes limits on Muslim women

Syria - Islamic Revival Led by Women

The Times They Are A-Changin’: A Muslim Quest for Justice, Gender Equality, and Pluralism, Omid Safi, Part I -

They hate women don’t they?

To Veil or Not to Veil

Toronto Woman Gives Part of Eid Khutbah, Sh. M. Nur Abdullah

Ummah Without the Umm

Veil and Secularism,

Veiling Through Time, Hwaa Irfan

Verse of Abuse or Abused Verse (Qur’an 4:34), Muslim Women’s League,

VIDEO:  Women in the mosques
VIDEO: Gallup findings that reveal that majorities in Muslim nations believe women deserve the same legal rights as men
VIDEO:  Interview with Ingrid Mattson on women’s rights in Islam
VIDEO:  Shirin Ebadi: Iran Awakening: Human Rights Women and Islam

Violence against women (section on Muslim Women’s League site)

Waking Up to Gender Justice

What Mad Women Want, Pamela Taylor

When Islam Clashes With Womens Rights, Genevieve Abdo

Why violence against women is a men’s issue, Irfan Yusuf

Wife beaters set the tone as backward Imams threaten to overwhelm 21st Century Muslimsm, Mona Eltahawy

WISE conference, the power of Muslim women
WISE conference - Women’s Islamic initiative in Spirituality and Equity Conference - Agents for Change, Ani Zonneveld
WISE conference - European Muslim Women: Spirituality and Responsibility Discussed at WISE Conference, IlhamAllah Chiara Ferrero
WISE conference - Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equity (WISE) Conference:  A Beacon of Hope in NYC, Farzana Hassan-Shahid
WISE conference - First Muslim women’s consultative body planned
WISE conference - Muslim Women Leaders Launch Global Movement to Empower Muslim Women, Daisy Khan

Woman Half-the-Man?:  Crisis of Male Epistemology in Islamic Jurisprudence, Dr. Abdulaziz Sachedina

Women and Islam, a Discussion,

Women and the Masjid, Between Two Extremes, Louay M. Safi

Women in Islam, Hasan al Turabi, Part I , Part II

Women in Islam, Seyedeh Dr. Nahid Angha

Women In Islam Versus Women In The Judaeo-Christian Tradition,  Dr. Sherif Abdel Azeem

Women in mosques - No curtains, no walls, no partitions!, Muzammil Siddiqi

Women and Minorities, Naeem Shakir

Women and the Taliban, Azizah al-Hibri,

Women Scholars of Hadith, Dr. Muhammad Zubayr Siddiqi

Women, Shari’a, and Oppression - Where are the Voices of Conservative Muslims?

Women, War and Fundamentalism in the Middle East, Haideh moghissi

Women’s Dress in the West and Islam: Moral and Practical Implications, Dr. David Rabeeya

Women’s Rights and Role in Islam, Asma Barlas

Womens Space In the Mosque: Sikhs Might Have a Solution, Safiyya Aslan

Yes to Hijab, No to Niqaab.  The sinister and the smiling faces of Islam, Michael Young