Cultural Imperialism and Saving Muslim Women

Growing up, I often joined my parents and watched the evening news on television, through which I became aware of the various injustices faced by vulnerable populations across the world. Coming from a South Asian background, I was conscious of the unjust cultural practices many women from the subcontinent were subject to. As a teenager, I felt compelled to be involved in efforts to serve … Continue reading Cultural Imperialism and Saving Muslim Women

Women and Education in the Historical Muslim World

Ayah Aboelela “Seeking knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslim”. This narration from the Prophet ﷺ is one of dozens of hadiths that emphasize the value of education in Islam. It is no wonder, then, that education has always been a central component of every Muslim society in history. Today, our ummah owes much to our foremothers and forefathers who used whatever means they had … Continue reading Women and Education in the Historical Muslim World

Pride and Prejudice and Principles

Ayah Aboelela Warning: This article will contain spoilers of the 200-year-old novel.  Why do so many Muslim women love Pride and Prejudice?  It’s safe to say that women have always made up the majority of Jane Austen’s fanbase, yet her work has also found particular appeal amongst Muslim women. From a dedicated book club in Pakistan (where women dress up to attend Austen themed tea … Continue reading Pride and Prejudice and Principles

Podcast Ep. 19: The Feminine Critique

Facing conflicting standards and blurred lines, Muslim women often struggle to understand femininity and what Islam has to say about it. Is there an ideal we should strive or fulfill, or an archetype by which to measure ourselves? What role does culture play in defining gender? Can we be ourselves while pleasing Allah, or are our personalities up for consideration? On Episode 19, the team … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 19: The Feminine Critique