Muslim feminism website launched

Islamic understandings of feminism are at the forefront of a controversial web-based campaign.

Created by the British charity Maslaha, the website Islam and Feminism focuses on gender equality and promoting the diverse – and often excluded – voices of feminist Muslim women.

“This resource is a conversation,” the website states. “We hope this will be an open conversation and as such there will be both common ground and disagreement.”

Though support has been widespread, the campaign has received criticism, much from the feminist community. Inna Shevchenko of the international feminist group Femen told Index on Censorship that “I will never have a discussion about Muslim feminism because it doesn’t exist. It cannot exist. It’s oxymoronic.”

While such criticism is not new to Maslala’s Project Manager Latifa Akay, the dialogue is welcome. “There has been a dire lack of spaces for women within Islam to have these kinds of conversations,” Akay states in an article in The Guardian. “Islamic feminism is not a new thing.”

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This article first appeared in Geez magazine Issue 35, Fall 2014, The After Failure Issue.

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