Women in Morocco Fight Violent Extremism: Part Two

In this guest blog, Yasmeen Ally provides a first-hand account of women in Morocco, who fight violent extremism. With knowledge of Islam, these women are able to counter intolerant ideas and stop the spread of religious perversion. The following post is informed by Ally's research and visits to Morocco.  Women's Religious Role in Islam Women in the early centuries of Arabia and Persia … [Read more...]

United Nations Commission on The Status of Women Session 63 Explores Violent Extremism & Women

Violent extremism can have a devastating impact on women’s social protection and services. Media coverage of violent extremism often focuses on terrorists, military, law enforcement, political issues. But, the realities for women in areas of violent extremism, often conflict as well, are the decline and reduction of basic social protection and services. On March 12, 2019, in a unique panel held at … [Read more...]

A Must Read Book By A Young Girl From Pakistan Who Gives Voice To Honor Killings

I Should Have Honor is a must read book by a young girl, Khalida Brohi, from rural Pakistan who gives voice to honor killings. So often, honor killings in Pakistan and in other Islamic countries take place in the name of male pride and/or religious fervor. It's wrong. It's wicked. And it's still widely practiced.  See her short video clip for a powerful message - We should all have honor, says … [Read more...]

So Much To Be Thankful For As An American Muslim Woman: 5 Observations from Women in Conflict

There's so much to be thankful for as an American Muslim woman. Over the past few days, I spent some time thinking about the hundreds of women who have shaped me, especially women in conflict and war.  In earlier posts, I have written about women in protracted war; women in violent extremism featured in my new book; and the strong women in my life. When I look back at my research for the past 15 … [Read more...]

Islam Is Feminism

Some Muslim women today are using the word Islam and feminism as two separate concepts and ideas when for many Muslim women, including myself, Islam is feminism. Islam has a long historical tradition of respecting and recognizing the talent and sacrifices of its women. For years, I have been teaching my students in the US military and at universities that men and women are equal in Islam--a … [Read more...]

9 Reasons Why American Muslim Women Should Celebrate This Fourth of July

  It's a gift to be an American Muslim woman and at least 9 reasons to celebrate this Fourth of July. Even when the politics are numbing and nasty. Even in an age of terrorism and rising attacks against Muslim women in America. Despite the ugliness, there is still greatness to be celebrated. Because let's be honest. In many Muslim countries, the freedoms that America offers Muslim … [Read more...]

Glorious Books of Summer That Take You Through To Labor Day

The must-read books of summer that will take you through to Labor Day will engage, educate and enlighten you. This summer, I've come across stories of heroic Muslim women, our America's founding fathers view of Islam, and a book on happiness. As I write this, I am on the beach with one or more books, jotting down notes, and circling clever phrases. In this selection, you will find books that … [Read more...]

A Special Eid Mubarak And How To Keep The Spirit of Ramadan Alive

The coming of Eid al-Fitr is a special time for Muslims everywhere, and although it means the end of Ramadan, the spirit of Ramadan can be kept alive by choosing to stay connected  to the Universe. After a month of soul-and-body cleansing rituals, Muslims are stronger. Spiritually. During the holy month, Muslims fasted, prayed more, and many gave more of their time and wealth to charity.  For … [Read more...]

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