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Pakistan’s forsaken daughters

November 26th, 2012, Comment & Analysis


Two teenage girls have exposed hypocrisy embedded in Pakistan’s societal and religious framework. In September, 14-year-old Rimsha Masih tore apart the sense of equal rights for non-Muslims when an Islamabad court released her on bail in a blasphemy case.

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MEDIA ALERT: Saudi king allows women to vote

September 28th, 2011, Media Alerts

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – King Abdullah announced on Saudi television that women in his country would be allowed to vote for the first time ever and run for office in future elections.

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Asma Afsaruddin

May 31st, 2011, Academia, Arabic, Author/Novelist, Bloomington, English, North America, North America, Religion, Think tank/Research center, USA, Women's Rights

Asma Afsaruddin

Asma Afsaruddin is Professor of Islamic Studies and chairperson of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is also Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University. Professor Afsaruddin received her Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from the Johns Hopkins University in 1993 and previously taught at Harvard and Notre Dame universities. Her fields of specialization are the religious and political thought of Islam, Qur’an and hadith, Islamic intellectual history, and gender.

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Maria José Rosado-Nunes

March 1st, 2011, Academia, Activist/Humanitarian, Brazil, Civil Society, English, French, Latin America and the Caribbean, Portuguese, Religion, Sao Paulo, South America, Spanish, Think tank/Research center, Women's Rights


Maria José Rosado-Nunes is a graduate professor of sociology of religion and feminist studies at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo. Se is currently a researcher at the National Researcher Center (CNPq).

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Malaysia Moving Forward in Matters of Islam and Women

August 18th, 2010, Comment & Analysis

In early July this year, the Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak announced that two women had been appointed judges in the country’s Syariah Courts. One of two court systems in Malaysia, these courts rule on cases that are subject to sharia law, which is based on Islamic principles. Women’s groups, including Sisters in Islam (SIS), the group I belong to, hailed this as a long awaited move given the many problems that women face in the Syariah Courts, especially in matters related to the family.

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