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المرأة في الدولة العثمانية إبان ظهور النسوية الغربية [Arabic Translation]

Many thanks to Mohamed Abdel Maksoud for translating my article, Ottoman Women During the Advent of Western Feminism from English into Arabic “في الشوارع ترى نساءا بقدر ما ترى رجالا، إن لم يكن أكثر (ذاهبات لقضاء احتياجاتهن اليومية إلخ) (…) اعتقد أني لم أرَ بلداً تتمتع فيه النساء بمثل هذه الحرية بغير لوم من المجتمع كتركيا (…) … Continue reading

Why Liberalism does not want you to wear the niqab

“Find them behind the veil where they hide themselves” The situation of the Muslim woman, and particularly the wearing of the veil, has persistently been used through recent history as the “theme of action” by those working to intellectually subdue Muslim communities. In colonial Egypt, British colonial officials specifically cited the veil and treatment of … Continue reading

Did the Suffragettes Believe in Democracy?

Polling booths were propped open around the country again today; the perennial nagging began: “Women, use your vote! The suffragettes fought tooth and nail to win you this right!“ Women becoming involved in democracy is acclaimed as a ‘victory’ for women — but is participating in the democratic system ever going to bring about justice … Continue reading

A short reflection: On Muslims Being Absent from the Present

Have you ever heard the saying “Everybody wants to change the world, but nobody wants to do the dishes”? It is like this with some (not all, but some, of our Muslim brothers and sisters) – those who are essentially absent from the present, dreaming of the future, yearning for the past, but neglecting what … Continue reading

Ottoman Women During the Advent of Western Feminism

by Zara Huda Faris “As to women, as many, if not more than men, are to be seen in the streets [i.e. going about their daily activities, etc] […] I think I never saw a country where women may enjoy so much liberty, and free from all reproach, as in Turkey […] The Turks in … Continue reading

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