Thursday, March 25, 2010

Understanding Islamic Feminism: A Fascinating Interview

We came upon this interview on the Madrasa Reforms in India blog. It's a bit long, but a very interesting insight into the modern Feminist movement in Islamic nations. The intro is below followed by the link to continue reading the Q and A.

Born in Iran and now based in London, Ziba Mir Hosseini, an anthropologist by training, is one of the most well-known scholars of Islamic Feminism. She is the author of numerous books on the subject, including Marriage on Trial: A Study of Family Law in Iran and Morrocco (l.B.Tauris, 1993) and Islam and Gender, the Religious Debate in Contemporary Islam (Princeton, 1999). She is presently associated with the Centre for Islamic and Middle Eastern Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

In this interview with Yoginder Sikand she talks about the origins and prospects of Islamic feminism as an emancipatory project for Muslim women and as a new, contextually-relevant way of understanding Islam...


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