Category: Human Rights & Gender

WATCH: Alaa Murabit on “What Islam Really Says About Women”

[ 0 ] July 28, 2015 |

by ALAA MURABIT and TED TALKS in MAY 2015 (published on JULY 21, 2015):  Alaa Murabit’s family moved from Canada to Libya when she was 15. Before, she’d felt equal to her brothers, but in this new environment she sensed big prohibitions on what she could accomplish. As a proud Muslim woman, she wondered: was […]

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WATCH: Why My Own Father Would Have Let IS Kill Me (via BBC)

[ 0 ] July 23, 2015 |

via BBC NEWS on JULY 23, 2015:  The group that calls itself Islamic State (IS or Isis) has a special punishment for gay people – it kills them by throwing them off high buildings. Taim, a 24-year-old medical student, tells the story of how he only escaped this fate by fleeing from Iraq to Lebanon. […]

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WATCH: A Life Sentence for Hend Nafea

[ 0 ] July 21, 2015 |

by DALIA ALI and LAUREN FEENEY for NEW YORK TIMES VIDEO on JUNE 7, 2015:  Hend Nafea was sentenced to life in prison for protesting against Egypt’s military government. In this piece — filmed a day after the sentencing — she maintains her innocence.

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“Soft Force: Women in Egypt’s Islamic Awakening” (a Conversation with Ellen McLarney)

“Soft Force: Women in Egypt’s Islamic Awakening” (a Conversation with Ellen McLarney)

[ 0 ] July 20, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 20, 2015: “One of the most visible public faces of the 2011 revolution in Egypt was Asmaʾ Mahfouz, a young woman who posted a video blog on Facebook calling for the January 25 protest in Tahrir Square “so that maybe we the country can become free, can […]

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WATCH: “Palestine Will Be Free” by Ghada and Mohammed Shoman

WATCH: “Palestine Will Be Free” by Ghada and Mohammed Shoman

[ 0 ] July 19, 2015 |

by SHROUQ EL-AILA for WE ARE NOT NUMBERS:  Once Ghada Shoman, 20, and her brother Mohammed, 16, began playing music, their songs flew through the sky as if seeking the peace missing from their lives. But lately their music has become so much more. “Now my voice and my brother’s guitar are our ‘weapons,’” Ghada […]

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Same-Sex Relationships & the Fluidity of Marriage in Islamic History (by Ali A. Olomi)

Same-Sex Relationships & the Fluidity of Marriage in Islamic History (by Ali A. Olomi)

[ 4 ] July 17, 2015 |

One scholar’s response to Reza Aslan and Hasan Minhaj’s “Open Letter to American Muslims on Same Sex Marriage”  by ALI A. OLOMI for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 17, 2015: Since the legalization of same-sex marriage by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 26th 2015, various religious groups have responded to the ruling. Muslim Americans, who themselves […]

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A New CVE Office in the Dept. of Homeland Security ? Debates Begin

[ 0 ] July 15, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 15, 2015:  (Above is video from CAIR/ Corey Saylor, director of CAIR’s Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia speaks about CAIR’s opposition to H.R. 2899, Countering Violent Extremism Act of 2015, now being debated in Congress. Link to CAIR brief on it’s views of CVE or countering violent extremism […]

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Deal! A Nuclear Agreement is Reached With Iran (Reaction is Mixed)

Deal! A Nuclear Agreement is Reached With Iran (Reaction is Mixed)

[ 0 ] July 14, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 14, 2015: Iran and a group of six countries led by the U.S. announced a historic deal today that places limits on Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for international oil and financial sanctions relief. A skeptical U.S. Congress will have about two months to review the […]

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WATCH: Malek Jandali Performs “The Moonlight” -Tala Al Badru مالك جندلي طلعَ البدرُ

WATCH: Malek Jandali Performs “The Moonlight” -Tala Al Badru مالك جندلي طلعَ البدرُ

[ 0 ] July 12, 2015 |

@ISLAMiComment Let #TheMoonlight of Tala Al Badru glow in a symphony of unity and #peace in the last days of #Ramadan http://t.co/xGc0CH0W2d — Malek Jandali (@MalekJandali) July 11, 2015 by MALEK JANDALI on JUNE 17, 2015:  Here is the official music video for “The Moonlight” by composer and pianist Malek Jandali. The Moonlight is an […]

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Amira Hass on Reporting from Ramallah: An Israeli Jew in an Occupied Land

Amira Hass on Reporting from Ramallah: An Israeli Jew in an Occupied Land

[ 0 ] July 6, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 6, 2015:  This past Spring Amira Hass, correspondent for Haaretz, spoke at the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke University. Hass, an Israeli who has won numerous awards for her reporting, has been covering the region since the early 90s. She lived in Gaza for three years and […]

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