A discussion on muslim women reexamining their tradition

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A discussion on muslim women reexamining their tradition

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Mehnaz Afridi, assistant professor of religious studies at Manhattan College. Credit courtesy photo In Western media, we hear reports that Muslim women are relegated to a second class, largely powerless status and are denied education, independence and employment. We hear stories of women brutalized and abused.

But says, Professor Mehnza Afridi, that picture is painted with too wide a brush. She teaches courses on Islam, Judaism, Women and Religion, world religions, genocide studies, and Arab and Israeli literature at Manhattan College, with a special interest in contemporary Islam and gender issues in the Islamic world.

A woman in Morocco has different rights than a woman in Saudi Arabia. A woman in Saudi Arabia has different rights than a woman in Yemen…and we are quite wide spread.

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And those different rights often come from cultural traditions overlaid by misinterpretation of the Quran, said Afridi. His youngest wife, who was 18 when he passed on, was a person who interpreted texts. Ali is a Somali woman who escaped to the Netherlands to avoid a forced marriage.

A discussion on muslim women reexamining their tradition

In Pakistan, Yousafszi has been rejected as in icon of the West, said Afridi. But that interpretation needs to be dropped because it fails to recognize that we are a global world, she said. On the flip side, Americans have latched too strongly onto Ali as the quintessential Muslim voice.

The problem there, said Afridi, is that she is not representative of most Muslim women. For a time she became a nihilist, but now she embraces Islam. Louis on the Air provides discussion about issues and concerns facing the St.American Muslim women today are struggling to address the stereotypes and misconceptions associated with the role of women in Islam.

Muslim women occupy a wide variety of positions in American life: medical doctors, engineers, lawyers, chemists, housewives, broadcast journalists, professors, clerical workers, business women, .

Muslim Women and Tradition. by Abdul Hafeez Manraj. Tradition and culture are an integral part of any society. None of the major world religions, including Islam, are free from cultural influences.

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Sameera Akhtar 12R words the Miss Universe Contest She strongly believes Muslim women in the UK should be allowed to have a western lifestyle, regardless of how strict their religion/culture is. However, around the world, Muslim women are reexamining the Qua'ran and discovering that it is possible to fight for their rights from within the Islamic tradition.

This talk will survey the strides that women are making to change laws and social values so that women have a more equal role within the Muslim family. For centuries, many Muslim women felt they had to choose between feminism and their faith; they believed that these two ideologies were mutually exclusive and incompatible.

However, around the world, Muslim women are reexamining the Qua'ran and discovering that it is possible to fight for their rights from within the Islamic tradition.

This talk will survey the strides that women are making to change laws and social values so that women have a more equal role within the Muslim .

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