Through our conversations so far, I have realised that we all have very personal beliefs about Islam depending on our social background and country of residence. For example, I noticed a long time ago that women who were born into Muslim families asked fewer questions about their religion thank women who converted to Islam. One direct result of this was that born Muslim women knew the ‘how’ of Islam better, but did not often know the ‘why’ of their faith as well as the converts. Some time after 9/11 there was a sudden surge in more and more Muslims trying to learn about their religion and understand their beliefs. There could be several reasons for that surge but that is not my concern here.
My concern is to try and understand why you call yourself a feminist.
- First, however, what do you think is Muslim Feminism? What is your definition of the terminology?
- Second, why do you think you are a feminist? What are your goals or aspirations as a Muslim feminist?
- What is your role as a feminist based on your country of residence? What Islamic laws concern you personally?
- Unlike secular feminists, you can’t change basic laws laid down in religion; given this fact along with the problem of patriarchal custodians of modern Islam, how difficult is it to negotiate Islam with men?
I have more questions, but for now I would be very grateful if you could answer these for me.