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What is Islamic Feminism?

23 January, 2017
Q Is there such a thing as Islamic Feminism?


Asalamu Alaikum,

Thank you for contacting About Islam with your question.

Dr. Shabir Ally addresses this question in the video below:


Aisha Khaja: Dr. Shabir, the question that we have today is a viewer is asking about if you could provide some insight on what Islamic feminism entails.

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Dr. Shabir Ally: Well, feminism generally has the flavor of women seeking women’s rights, and not necessarily women, but more generally.

[It’s] the whole outlook of looking back at traditional society and responding to patriarchal values and patriarchal traditions and structures of society.

Well, naturally people want to do that with Islam as well and that’s natural.

And it has to be done as well because you can have things being said in the past without much thought because it was just natural at the time.

Whereas, in a modern context some of these structures or traditions or practices may not fit very well.

So, Islamic feminism would have the flavor of both Islam and feminism in that, while it is looking at gender issues, it is also doing so within the context of belief in God, belief in the Quran as the word of God, belief in the life example of the Prophet (peace be upon) as having some exemplary status for our lives to our present times and even beyond.

I hope this helps answer your question. Please keep in touch.

Walaikum Asalam.

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