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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.

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

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

Q: “How would you respond to those who believe women’s rights in Islam is equivalent to “Islamic feminism”?”

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

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

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

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