Muslim Women's Groups Coming Together Across the US

October 6, 2005

Source: Newsday,0,5975337.story?coll=nyc-swapbox1

On October 6, 2005 Newsday reported, "A major coming together of Muslim women in the United States... may take place sometime in 2006 at an ambitious, first-of-its-kind conference that [Daisy] Khan, executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement, has just begun to organize. In large part, she said, 'It's an effort for women to get together to realize they have a joint mission: We have not had a voice. This is an effort by women to have a voice in the interpretation of Quranic law instead of leaving it up to a bunch of scholars who are not looking at the Muslim woman's viewpoint'... Although the conference still is in its early planning stages, Khan's aim is to muster a 'fairly substantive' international forum, 'bringing together thoughtful Muslim voices from different spheres -- academic, activist, practitioner, women leaders'... A successful conference, she said, could morph into momentum for a national or even international Islamic women's coalition."