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Marital Problems: Between Qadaa and the Qadi

Would you go to a mechanic to heal your stomach ache? And if the mechanic could not heal you, would you resign yourself to the stomach ache as qadaa (fate)? Probably not – you’d go to the one that specialises in the problem you are facing: a doctor. Just as a mechanic is not a … Continue reading

MDI Transcript: Islam or Feminism – which one can truly liberate women? (Opening Presentation)

Following the exciting debate, Islam or Feminism – which one can truly liberate women?, between myself and radical feminist journalist Julie Bindel, the official MDI Transcript of the opening presentation I delivered is available to read below. It is also available as a pdf, here. This debate took place last November, and the transcript is being published … Continue reading

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

BBC Radio 4: Is a “Feminist re-interpretation” of the Qur’an needed? Zara Faris debates Feminist Ziba Mir-Hosseini

Staunch feminist Amina Wadud claims that ISIS is a “wake-up call” for Muslims who reject a reformation of Islam; her fellow feminist activist, Ziba Mir-Hosseini (legal anthropologist) agrees, arguing that the existence of ISIS should force Muslims to “wake up” to the need for a feminist re-interpretation of Islam. Yesterday morning, I challenged Ziba Mir-Hosseini … Continue reading

Sara Khan and Maajid Nawaz – Faux Indignation and Feminist Excommunication (Takfir)

The Daily Mail recently raised a furore over Maajid Nawaz’ (Co-Founder and Chair of the Quilliam Foundation, and Lib-Dem parliamentary candidate) session at a strip club, revealing footage in which he appeared to be repeatedly attempting to molest a dancer. As a self-professed ‘feminist’, many eyebrows were raised at Nawaz’ hypocrisy for degrading women in … Continue reading

Lecture: What Does Islam Say About Female Leaders? (New Zealand)

As part of my recent New Zealand tour, I spoke at the IWCNZ (Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand) Conference, “Passing the Torch”, on the topic of Women and Leadership in Islam. This included discussions of concepts of power, different kinds of leadership, and well known ahadith (sayings of the Prophet (pbuh)) on the matter of female leadership. … Continue reading

Podcast: What Defines Women’s Rights? By Zara Faris

For those who prefer the flexibility of audio lectures, there is now a podcast of a lecture I delivered at Canterbury University (New Zealand) this February 2015, titled “What Defines Women’s Rights?” You can listen to the podcast below, as aired on Plains FM who kindly created this podcast or, alternatively, you can download the Plains FM podcast for free and … Continue reading

The Mantle of Thought – New Zealand Lecture Tour

I’m excited to share that my tour of New Zealand is due to soon begin. I’ll be visiting universities and community venues around the country, inshaAllah, and ending at the IWCNZ “Passing the Torch” Conference in Christchurch. For those in New Zealand, please do come along if I’m in your city. For those who cannot, … Continue reading

Upcoming: New Zealand Conference and Tour – “Passing the Torch”

I am honoured to have been invited all the way to New Zealand (Christchurch) to speak at a women’s conference called “Passing the Torch” on 6th February 2015. Whilst there, inshaAllah, I will also be doing a speaking tour of other NZ cities and universities, and have had two confirmations so far (Hamilton and Palmerston … Continue reading

Women in Islam and Feminism: Compatible or Conflicting?

The video has been released of my lecture at SOAS (The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, held on 27th February 2014) discussing the controversial topic, ‘Women in Islam & Feminism’ answering the question whether they are compatible or conflicting? There were a number of vocal Feminist attendees who engaged strongly in … Continue reading

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