Watch below the TRAILER for the ‘Islam or Feminism Debate: Which One Truly Liberates Women?’ MDI has released the trailer for the upcoming debate video of the debate that featured myself debating the renowned Feminist writer, journalist and activist, Julie Bindel, on the topic of Islam and Feminism. FULL DEBATE WILL BE PUBLISHED ONLINE 22nd … Continue reading
Does Femininity conflict with Feminism? And if so, is it for the reasons we might think? I present a take on this question in a discussion at the Abrahamic Foundation, that was originally held in Birmingham [UK] on 4th September 2015.
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
In a recent interview, the feminist journalist and self-proclaimed “political lesbian”, Julie Bindel (who I debated last year), stated that, if she could, she would put all men into a “camp” with “wardens”, where their female relatives could check them out like “library books”. Bindel, who also writes for The Guardian newspaper, was asked during … Continue reading
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
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
Feminism and femininity – do they conflict? And if so, is it for the reasons we might think? I’ll be discussing this question in Birmingham this week at the Abrahamic Foundation – please come by if you are in the area, Friday 4th September 2015, at 7pm.
The “FAQ” 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: “Don’t you think it’s time to shift the narrative from discrediting Muslim feminists, to opening up a discussion … Continue reading
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 1: “How would you respond to those who believe women’s rights in Islam is equivalent to “Islamic feminism”?” … Continue reading
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