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To Muslim Women

This was written in order to convey the hypocritical attitude towards women that pervades today's Muslim communities. It is not intended as an all-encompassing description of the experiences of all Muslim women worldwide. It is also not meant to provide fuel for Islamophobes and proponents of racist, exoticizing, Orientalist "Save the Muslim/Arab Women" initiatives. It …

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Commentary: The Quran and the Woman’s Perspective (And why the Quran doesn’t address women)

The Quran addresses men and women together in many verses ("O ye who believe"). However, it never directly addresses women alone. The sole exceptions to this rule are the verses in which the Prophet's wives are directly spoken to. Every address is made deliberately in the Quran, and every grammatical intricacy serves a purpose to …

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If Women Interpreted the Qur’an (Satire)

Commonly circulated (mis)translations of the Quran are not only inaccurate; they are also sometimes comically absurd. It must be understood that mistranslating sacred texts can go both ways. The Quran can be misinterpreted to deprive men of their rights the same way it can be misused to deprive women of theirs. If women took Quranic …

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On Terminology, Politics, and Islamic Feminism

Much has been written lately on the subject of Islamic feminism. Tears, as well as blood, have been shed. Insults have been hurled at women and men alike, and especially at Amina Wadud. MRA's and WRA's have been at each other's throats. Articles such as this have fed the waves of controversy. At this point, one …

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