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.
“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.”