Gender series: “I just don’t think Muslim women should be working”

“I just don’t think Muslim women should be working … I mean, as a Muslim woman, your duty is to look after your husband and children; it’s the man’s duty to provide, and the woman’s duty to take care of the household.” “This is a modern day issue. Muslim women of the past knew their roles and responsibilities; they didn’t neglect their husbands and children … Continue reading Gender series: “I just don’t think Muslim women should be working”

Indefinitely Quarantined: The case of the elderly

Aaminah Y. Usama Ibn Munqidh slayed crusaders and grappled with lions. He was struck by spears and pelted with arrows, yet he did not die in battle. Entering his 90th year, he wrote: “Far easier is death at any army’s head than the taxations of a lingering life of pain and dread.” His years of service to the kings had come to an end as … Continue reading Indefinitely Quarantined: The case of the elderly

Reflections on a pandemic

As the world undergoes its greatest collective crisis since the Second World War, six of The Qarawiyyin Project’s contributors offer their reflections on the coronavirus pandemic and what we as Muslim women can learn from these trying times. Maintaining hope on the frontlines Dr. Aishah A. It was not until the first COVID-19 death occurred in the hospital where I work in the UK that … Continue reading Reflections on a pandemic

Refuting the Historical Negation of Hijab

Aisha Hasan Despite decades of explanations and refutations, the hijab remains the most widespread and contentious issue surrounding Muslim women. From narratives of oppression to empowerment, the entire spectrum of feeling has been expressed over this simple piece of cloth covering a Muslim woman. In the age of modest fashion, the hijab has taken on another dimension altogether, and has in most mainstream discourse been … Continue reading Refuting the Historical Negation of Hijab

‘We really need more female scholars’ – a response

Aisha Hasan “We really need more female scholars” A statement heard time and time again in Muslim communities in the West. Whether it is an organisation searching for a female speaker for an event or a general discussion lamenting the lack of knowledge amongst Muslims, the importance of female scholarship is regularly mentioned as a crucial factor in countering the problems of the Ummah around … Continue reading ‘We really need more female scholars’ – a response