Tuesday, November 01, 2005
  Conference on Islamic Feminism
This is one I conference I really wish I could have attended... The first Conference on Islamic Feminism. With topics such as Islam and Feminism, Quranic Hermeneutics, Islam and Diversity, Progressive Islam, it would have been right up my alley. Fortunately, Ahmed Nassef, who is also Editor of MuslimWakeUp.com as well as a board member of the Progressive Muslim Union, was able to represent PMU. I hope to hear a full report over at MWU soon.

An article in the Daily Star reads: "'Islamic feminism is an emerging reality that must be seen as an alternative to the dominant chauvinist readings [of the Koran],' the statement (of the delegates) said, adding that the Koran 'does not justify patriarchy.'

The October 27 to 29 conference was organized by the Catalonian Islamic Board, whose secretary Abdel-Nour Prado called for a 'gender jihad' to 'struggle against male chauvinistic, homophobic or sexist readings of the sacred texts' during her presentation to the 400 delegates."

Amina Wadud once again delivered friday khutbah and led a mixed-gender congregation in prayers. The ball continues to roll! A quickie report on that is up at MWU, causing the usual furor.

Alhamdulillah, it is so good for Muslim feminists to have a place to come together, to be unabashedly feminist. More often than not, in the Muslim community, feminist is a dirty word, much as it is in certain American Christian circles. We have a long path to walk before the wider Muslim community embraces even very basic feminist notions, even though those notions have solid backing in the Qur'an. It's important for us to be able to show our support for one another, to bolster each other's activism, to live in a place where "feminist" is a badge of honor and pride, not something people look shocked to hear you claim as your identity.

As soon as I get a picture of it, I'll post me in my radical muslim feminist t-shirt. Until then, you can check it out at the source, hijabman (who's blog is definately an interesting read.)
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English Language Islamic Fiction. We need more of it. Lots more.
Pay a Teacher's Salary in Afghanistan. The Hunger site actually has a lot of worthwhile programs. You can find them all here .
Muslims for Progressive Values. My organization. We can always use donations, of time or money!
Human Rights Campaign for the glbt community
National Religious Campaign Against Torture
The ACLU I'm a card carrying member. Hope you'll become one too.
MoveOn.org. The organization that has done the most, as far as I can tell, to pull the countries progressive side together.
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Wanda Campbell also known as Nochipa A very gifted poet and a gentle, compassionate soul. Nochipa and I are on the same page on sooooo many things
Writeous Sister Aminah Hernandez, she's got some excellent latino pieces and always has good writing info on her blog.
Sister Scorpion aka Leila Montour - Leila is a fount of energy, quirky humor, and bad attitude. She's also a talented poet.
Muhajabah Very interesting commentary here. I don't always agree with her, but her pieces are always thought-provoking.
Georgie Dowdell Georgie is a great writer and a good friend.
Louise Marley Another great writer. I think Louise is one of the best sf writers exploring faith themes.
Ink in My Coffee Devon Ellington (who has numerous aliases) who is also the editor of Circadian Poems. A truly inspiring woman with a seemingly endless supply of energy.
Ethnically Incorrect With a name like that, isn't a given I'm going to enjoy this writer?
Freedom from the Mundane Colin Galbraith, another excellent writer, from Scotland.
The Scruffy Dog Review This is a new e-zine with an ecclectic mix of fiction, poetry, and non-fic, some really enjoyable pieces here.
Ramblings of a Suburban Soccer Mom Lara, another gentle soul, very thoughtful.
Circadian Poems A journal of poetry, new stuff up all the time.
Ye Olde Inkwell Michelle writes romance and is one of my writing buddies.
Muhammad Michael Knight The original punk Muslim writer. Like him or love him, Mike is always coming up with the unexpected.

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