Online Conference on Islamic Feminism

It gives me immense pleasure and honour to host Metis’ first Online Conference on Islamic Feminism (OCIF). I know that the blog is not followed by a huge readership but those who follow this blog will, I hope, enjoy the interesting papers that are published in the OCIF.

To begin alphabetically, there is first Becky whose paper is titled “Are Muslim Women Allowed to Marry Non-Muslim Men?” in which she offers both opinions by Muslims for and against Muslim women marrying non-Muslim men. Becky believes that the issue is not as black and white as we believe and that it is important to know all sides of the issue and the arguments related to it.

Latiffa’s paper “Muslim family laws – A look at its formulation and relevance today” is a thorough look into Muslim family laws including inheritance, and marriage and divorce. Latiffa concludes that some Muslim family laws need reforming so that they may become more relevant to contemporary Muslim societies.

Next is Metis writing on the topic of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the essay titled “Catastrophe between their legs.” In this short essay I have tried to explain very briefly why I think FGM should be banned by Muslim jurists.

Moonshineveritas article titled “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: A Political Perspective on the French Niqāb Ban” is a reaction to the contemporary debate on France’s ban on the niqaab in the country.  Moonshineveritas looks at all sides of the issue: the American ideology, known French racism, and the Muslim countries and their ideologies before reaching her conclusion that France can become a ‘global citizen’ if it tries even though it is not one today.

Nahida writes on “Muslims, feminism, consent, and the virginity myth” explaining how “Islam is against pre-marital sex. Islam is not against pre-marital non-virgins.” Nahida offers some ahadith supporting this position and asks fellow Muslims to stop shaming and judging women who may not be virgins when they get married.

Organica very generously allowed me to reproduce her essay “A human take on Hijab” in which she discusses why she wears hijab and what it symbolises for her.

Women in the Egyptian Islamist Movements: Research and Reflexivity” is the title of the paper by Sara of  Cairo, Lusaka, Amsterdam. Sara explains why and how she wants to conduct an ethnographical study into the women involved in Islamist movements in Egypt. In the conclusion she writes why such and ethnography would be beneficial to Muslim women.

Next Sarah of Almost Clever urges born Muslim women to fight against segregation in mosques in her paper “Segregation at The Mosque (a social worker’s perspective)” since “as a convert, and a white person, (she) still feels like (she is) too much of an outsider to be the one telling people how their religion should be practiced.” Sarah, nevertheless, is working towards ending strict gender in her Mosque in Milwaukee.

Sumera wrote an interesting post in 2007 on the inheritance law in Islam that she has allowed me to use in the OCIF. The title of her post is “Share of Inheritance?” in which she asks the question “Is the only reason for brothers inheriting a larger share of wealth due to maintenance and provision for the female siblings, or are there other reasons for it?”

Zuhura also kindly allowed me to re-publish her post that I have given the title “Obedient women and wife beating” in which she offers a very interesting alternate meaning of the verse 4:34 arguing that the word “adrubhunna” does not mean “beat them.”


13 thoughts on “Online Conference on Islamic Feminism

  1. Becky says:

    Yay, I’m really excited to get to read all of these papers, although I’m in France on holidays for the next week, so I might be a little late in comments.

  2. susanne430 says:

    Yay! The topics all seem so interesting and I look forward to learning from these writers as I enjoy these post in the coming days. Thanks for taking the time to compile these for us. I appreciate your hard work, Metis!

  3. Humaira says:

    So excited! Thank you to you and the writers for all the effort! Cannot wait to start reading!

  4. Akhila says:

    This is excellent. I can’t wait to read the posts and each one seems very illuminating. Looking forward to learning more about Islamic feminism!

  5. Lat says:

    Wow! All thanks to you.Metis! For coming up with the suggestion and making me sit and write something 🙂

  6. This is brilliant! Well done!

  7. Kelly says:

    Thanks for having an online conference for those of us who need conference resources, but do not always have the ability to travel!

  8. Maggie says:

    Wow! An amazing collection of reading material indeed!

  9. mariam says:

    wow ! thank you Metis, thank you sooooooo much for providing this wonderful conference 🙂

  10. Metis says:

    I couldn’t sleep last night from all the excitement! Thanks to everyone who wrote for the Conference and also to those who are participating by reading/commenting!

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  12. Sarah says:

    I’m so so excited to read all of these!

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