Afghan women are at the forefront of protest against Taliban oppression.
The age-old idea that Afghan women need rescuing from their men is a western construct that ignores the voices of Afghan women.
World Hijab Day started in the U.S. and is one way women have asserted pride in wearing a headscarf.
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Day 5 our Understanding Islam series. For some Muslim women, wearing a hijab can be a religious act but Muslim women’s clothing isn’t entirely about faith. It has been used – and is still used – as an assertion of identity.
The response to anti-Islamic law bills introduced in 2017 included counterprotests like this one in Seattle.
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Day 6 of our Understanding Islam series. Sharia constitutes a broad set of rules that guide Muslims on how to lead an ethical life. The way Sharia is interpreted depends on who is using it and why.
Afghan citizens at a March 2021 rally in Kabul to support peace talks between the Taliban and the government.
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Burqas and male chaperones for women were features of the Taliban’s extremist rule of Afghanistan in the 1990s. Those policies are now back in some districts controlled by these Islamic militants.
Shamima Begum recently lost her appeal to return to the UK after a Supreme Court ruling in February.
Comparisons between Begum’s Islamic garb and her new wardrobe suggest that Muslim women’s “liberation” depends on westernisation.
Zara Mohammed, the new secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, was recently questioned about Muslim female leadership on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.
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Complaints against BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour over an interview about female leadership in Islam have revealed how complex the issue is
Muslim women say they are having an easier time wearing the niqab during pandemic times.
Muslim women say the practice of wearing masks has given them more confidence to wear face coverings in public.
Syrian refugees in Passau, Germany: many of those seeking refuge are from more conservative rural regions where divorce is stigmatised.
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Divorce isn’t forbidden by Islam, but patriarchal societies make it almost impossible.
Boris Johnson has attacked Muslim women for covering their faces. Now he wants the whole of the UK to do so.
Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque in Minneapolis, Minnesota, before the midday prayer during Ramadan, the Muslim holy month that ends May 27, 2020, and is celebrated this year amid pandemic.
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A survey of Muslim women finds many are frustrated by having a Islamic holy month in quarantine. But others say a ‘remote Ramadan’ is nothing new because child care duties often keep them home anyway.
Worshippers at the East London Mosque enjoying ‘Iftar’ the evening meal to break the Ramadan fast.
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Islam is not a monolith and not all Muslims are experiencing lockdown in the same way.
A woman wearing a niqab and headscarf, with other shoppers in Istanbul, August 13, 2018.
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As people everywhere don face masks, scarves and bandanas to protect against coronavirus, Muslim women who wear the niqab, or Islamic veil, are feeling a lot less conspicuous.
Group photo outside the Memorial Hall at the Shah Jahan Mosque complex in Woking.
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My new research highlights a little known story of women’s roles in British Muslim history.
Women in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh neighborhood are protesting a new Indian citizenship law that they say will discriminate against Muslims, women – and, particularly, Muslim women.
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A round-the-clock strike of Muslim women in a working-class neighborhood of Delhi is India’s most enduring pocket of resistance to religious discrimination, inequality and gender violence.
In an effort to increase tourism, Saudi Arabia recently eased its strict dress code for foreign women, allowing them to go without the body-shrouding abaya robe still mandatory for Saudi women.
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In countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain, it’s now official policy that women should go to college and work outside the home. But cultural pressure to marry and have kids remains strong.
592 online and offline Islamophobia incidents were recorded in the last four years. But this represents only the tip of the iceberg.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces at al-Omar oil field in Deir Al Zor, Syria, at the announcement that they had ended the Islamic State’s control of land in eastern Syria, March 23, 2019.
Kurdish women have fought on the front lines of military battles since the 19th century. A scholar explains the origins of Kurdistan’s relative gender equality in a mostly conservative Muslim region.
Muslim women wear the hijab as a statement of fashion and identity.
Muslim women are often perceived as oppressed and self-segregated, but many contemporary Muslim women reinterpret Islam to express their sense of style and fashion.
When women of color in government work together, it often helps their chances of legislative success.
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Women of color in public office often face great scrutiny and hostility. New research shows how France’s first black female senators used their experience fighting Nazis to pass landmark legislation.
Halima Aden, the first Muslim model to wear a hijab and burkini on the cover of the swimsuit edition of the Sports Illustrated.
Hijab-wearing model Halima Aden will be featured in Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit edition. Here’s why her success needs to be viewed in context of a long history of black Muslim women’s fashions.