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Debate Video: Islam and Feminism – Compatible or Conflicting? Zara Faris (MDI) vs Marina Mahathir (Sisters in Islam)

Have you ever wondered whether Islam and feminism are compatible? Or are they inherently irreconcilable? Is there superior rights for women in Islam, or those the Western originated ideas of Feminism provide the answers? Watch the thought-provoking discussion below that took place on 19th of February in London, at the School of Oriental and African Studies, as … Continue reading

What is the Real Ideology that Leads to Terrorism?

Here is a video excerpt from the full debate refuting the claim that religion, or an interpretation of religion, leads to terrorism. I then discuss the real ideology that actually justifies terrorism in its name. (This video is an excerpt from the iERA organised debate ‘Is Islam the solution or cause of Extremism?’)

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

PUBLIC DEBATE: ISLAM OR FEMINISM: Which One Can Truly Liberate Women? Julie Bindel vs Zara Faris

The exciting and stimulating debate on ‘Islam or Feminism: Which one truly liberates women?’ is now available to watch online. The debate features the Feminist writer, journalist and activist Julie Bindel debating myself on the topic Feminism, Islam, Western culture, the Muslim world, the question of rights and justice, and whether or not Feminism and Islam are … Continue reading

TRAILER: Islam or Feminism Debate: Which One Truly Liberates Women?

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

VIDEO: Feminist or Feminine?

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.

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

VIDEO: Feminism: Heroin(e) of the Masses (Malaysia)

Here is the video of my conference presentation, “Feminism: Heroin(e) of the Masses”, which I delivered at the international conference held in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) by the Malaysian organisation, Wanita ISMA, on 9th May 2015. Feminism is often portrayed as the female protagonist, the heroine, in the cast of so-called patriarchs; but is feminism really a … 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

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

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