About Metis

Hello/Salaam and thank you for visiting my blog!

I am a wife, mother, academic, and a writer and public speaker on topics related to teacher education. I have two Masters degrees and am now doing postgraduate research in Theology.

This blog is to record the progress of my studies as well as present some ideas for discussion on the topic of Islam and Feminism. From this page you can learn more about my research project.

For those of you wondering about my cybername, Metis in Greek mythology was the first spouse of Zeus, and was his equal. Wikipedia explains that “Metis was both a threat to Zeus and an indispensable aid” … just like any ordinary woman. Hence, I am Metis and you can call me that.

Thanks!

15 thoughts on “About Metis

  1. Dave Paquiot says:

    Metis,

    What a nice blog! If I can go back to Greek mythology, I like the character of Metis. She was a titaness, born and from the age before Zeus, she is really his link to the past, and extention of a primordial order of things before the arrival of the Olympian pantheon. I have always believed that the gods and goddess of myth we an externalized face to the subconcious energies.

    I can go on a I am a lover of mythology but the reason why this is important is because it was the presence of Metis that made Zeus aware of his end even despite his status as a god, and it was through sacrifice that wisdom was born. There is a connection between that and your blog. You provide this environment for free exchange and there is great potential for a much needed wisdom to emerge that will be a salve for our times.

    Wishing you the best, for you new endeavor
    Dave

    • Metis says:

      Thank you so much, Dave. You always say the nicest things to me and I’m grateful that I have you in my life as a dear brother and friend.

      I’m a lover of mythology too!

  2. Serenity says:

    Loving your blog so far! Thank you for it!

    I, too, am interested in Islamic theology and Islamic feminism. I intend to get my PhD in Gender and Sexuality in Islamic thought, with emphasis on Quranic exegesis and gender roles. And many other things … like women’s interpretation of Islam, non-Muslims’ rights in Islamic law, and Ijtihad.

    I have another blog, dedicated solely to Gender and Sexuality in Islam (Islam-and-gender.blogspot.com). When I first created it, I hoped (and still intend) to post on various issues pertinent to contemporary times, including homosexuality and gender roles in Islam. Do visit it if you get a moment every now and then.

    Thanks again for your work and research! About time someone did it!

  3. Asma says:

    Just discovered the world of blogs, and yours is definitely top of my list to keep reading!

    Fascinating posts, and a really good reading list – more or less what I’ve been reading over the last few years too. My postgraduate research is also about women and Islam, but focusing on Africa and how women in different Muslim societies are negotiating changing interpretations of religion, and changing interpretations of the role of women in society.

    Thanks for the work you’ve put into this blog….I’m learning a lot from it and looking forward to reading more!

    • Metis says:

      Thank you so much, Asma. Welcome to Metis and I hope that you continue to read and leave your valuable comments. I am certain I will learn a lot from you!

  4. demon says:

    Your blog is a wonderful space. Thank you for sharing.
    Mostly thank you for not shying away from anything 🙂

  5. […] friend Metis over at Metis’ Blog on Muslim Feminists, has been a deeper part of my life than I think she […]

  6. NAFISA says:

    WONDERFUL POSTS! SO GLAD TO HAVE STUMBLED ACROSS THIS SITE.. I AM CURRENTLY DOING RESEARCH ON THE TEACHING AND LEARNING PRACTICES IN SOUTH AFRICAN MADARI – WITH A PARTICULAR FOCUS ON THE WAYS THAT MUSLIM CHILDREN CAN AND DO LEARN ABOUT GENDER ISSUES IN ISLAMIC EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTES…I AM PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN FINDING ABOUT ANY OTHER RESEARCHERS THAT MAY HAVE DEVELOPED/APPLIED AN ISLAMIC FEMINIST PEDAGOGICAL THEORY IN THEIR WORKS?

  7. maimuna says:

    salam Metis

    i must congratulate you for this interesting research.

    im intrique by your research. can i learn and engage with you on your conceptual framework and methodology.

    thank you

  8. Caleb Powell says:

    I would like to quote directly from your blog for a project I am writing. At present the book has no publisher, but I have a forthcoming book from Knopf/Random House, and literary representation, so it’s very possible the book will be published. My book is about Muslim women, with a focus on their own words, as I think the liberation of Muslim women holds a key to the future of peace within Islam and as far as Islam deals with the West. If you don’t want to be quoted by name you could choose a pseudonym or I could use Metis. No need to publish this blog post, my email is included, or you could leave a private correspondence at my blog.

    Salaam,

    Caleb

  9. rose says:

    I have just discovered this blog and so far, I’ve managed to read two posts. So empowering and so enlightening. Thank you.

  10. desidivorced says:

    I just came across your blog and I became engrossed in a couple of your posts. Looking forward to reading through it properly, Laila

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