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Islam and Women's History

Women's role and prominent women in the Muslim faith. From the time of the Prophet through today.
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  5. Early Islam - thru 1300 (5)

Women in Islam
Does Islam treat women better or worse than other religions do? Are women better off under Islam than under Western culture? These are important questions not only for women's history, but for understanding the news today. Each of the books included has its own biases -- but that's helpful because you need to read and understand several perspectives to make your own truly informed judgments.

Profile of Iranian Feminist Shirin Ebadi
About.com's Civil Liberties Guide, Tom Head, profiles Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian human rights advocate.

Brief History of Women's Movements in Iran 1850-2000
The story of women organizing for their emancipation in Iran, beginning in the 19th century.

Chronology of Events: Women in Iran after 1979
A timeline of women's status and rights in Iran since the Revolution of 1979, when the Ayatollah Khomeini and followers took control of Iran. From Social Research, 2000.

H-Gender_MidEast: Gender and the Arab Speaking World
A discussion network for "scholarly exchange" about gender issues in the Arabic speaking Middle East & North Africa, Turkey, the Caucasus, Iran, Central Asia, Western Asia, the Mediterranean and sub-Saharan Africa. Participants are from many different countries and bring many different scholarly disciplines to the discussion. Subscribe or just search the archives for relevant information.

A Habit of Violence Grown Ordinary
Article from Minerva (Quarterly Report on Women and the Military) on the contraints of Muslim women's participation in war, exploring "Muslim's women's experiences of war, in terms of Islamic traditions and history..."

H.M. Queen Noor of Jordan
Official web site of Queen Noor of Jordan.

Princess Yasmin Aga Khan
After her mother, Rita Hayworth, died of Alzheimer's, Yasmin Aga Khan set out to lead the international fight against the disease.

The Record Set Straight
Article describing rights of Muslim women, ascribing laws such as the Saudi rule that women can't drive, to local custom not Islam.

Woman and Her Rights
An Islamic interpretation of the rights of man and woman, including that women are equal in value to men as human beings but may have different rights and responsibilities.

Women in the Muslim World
A commercially-available curriculum for teaching about women in Islam.

Women, Islam, and Equality
The participation of women in the Iranian Revolution and related struggles, from the current government of Iran.

Free And Equal Under The Qur'an
Article by Harvard Law School S.J.D. candidate Havva G. Guney-Ruebenacker about historical development of Islamic law on gender issues. "Any interpretation of the Qur'an that is discriminatory against women or minorities is fundamentally contradictory to its core spirit, general principles and ultimate purposes...."

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