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Islamlah yang bebaskan wanita, bukan feminisme [Malaysian Translation]

Many thanks to the Malaysian brothers and sisters at Fakir Ilmu for translating my opening presentation, Islam or Feminism: which one can truly liberate women? from English into Malaysian. Originally published in Malaysian here.   https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FfakirilmuIslam%2Fvideos%2F727262500791239%2F&show_text=0&width=560

Public Debate: Is Islam the Cause or Solution to Extremism?

On Friday 16th Oct 2015, Zara Faris was invited by the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) to speak at a cross-panel debate on the criminalisation of Islam and tackling extremism in London entitled, ‘The Big Question: Is Islam The Cause Or Solution To Extremism?’ The panel was chaired by Peter Oborne, the former Chief Political Commentator … Continue reading

Why are Malaysia’s Secular Liberal Groups So Afraid of Debate?

A week ago I was in Malaysia, having been invited to deliver a series of lectures on Islam, women’s rights, and a critique of liberalism and feminism. The organisers, Wanita ISMA (an Islamic NGO), had hoped to supplement my tour by organising a panel discussion between me, ISMA, and two members of a small (but disproportionately … 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

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

DEBATE RECORDING: This House Believes That Shari’ah Law is Fairer than English Law

Following the exciting debate, This House Believes That Shari’ah Law is Fairer than English Law, between Zara Faris alongside Abdullah Al-Andalusi for the motion, and Adrienne Page QC and a retired Judge against the motion, we are pleased to announce that the recording of the full debate is now available to watch below. An important … Continue reading

MDI Transcript: This House Believes That Shari’ah Law is Fairer than English Law (Opening Presentation)

Following the exciting debate, This House Believes That Shari’ah Law is Fairer than English Law, between Zara Faris alongside Abdullah Al-Andalusi for the motion, and Adrienne Page QC and a retired Judge against the motion – following which the motion, “This House Believes That Shari’ah Law is Fairer than English Law” was WON on voter … 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

My Public Speech on the UK Government and Media’s Attack on Muslim Gender Segregation

Here is my response to the UK Government and media’s attack on Muslim gender segregation, and the intolerance of the Islamic practices of the Muslim minority of the UK. The title of the event was ‘Muslim Women’s Unified Response to the Attack of Gender Segregation’. The event was attended by a panel of female Muslim speakers, … Continue reading

Q: “If feminism is about female privilege, why are there male feminists, too?”

The “Q&A” posts on this site are snippets of discussions I have had, or questions I have answered, in person, by email, or on other social networking platforms, which are collated here for ease of reference. Question: “If feminism is about female privilege, why are there male feminists, too?” Answer: If the BNP is racist, … Continue reading

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