Women

Progressive Muslims Re-Examine Tradition and Stimulate Debate

March 28, 2005

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/11248494.htm

On March 28, 2005 the Contra Costa Times reported, "many U.S. Muslims, especially those who have grown up in this country, are asking the same questions. They are successful, professional women who chafe at having to pray in dark, secluded rooms at their local mosques while men enter through the front doors and worship in comfort. They are professors at U.S. universities...

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Girl Pursues Her Dream to Become an Imam

March 25, 2005

Source: Religioscope/Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

http://religion.info/english/articles/article_159.shtml

On March 25, 2005 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported, "Tursunai looks much younger than her 11 years. She struggles to correctly write her name but fluently recites Islamic texts. Tursunai is one of half a dozen girls attending the madrasah who says she wants to become a buatin, or a female imam. Although her father is himself an imam, Tursanai's...

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International Backlash Swirls in the Wake of Female-Led Islamic Prayers in New York

March 19, 2005

Source: The Daily Times

Wire Service: AP

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_20-3-2005_pg7_46

On March 19, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "Muslims in the Middle East on Saturday angrily denounced prayers led by a woman in New York City the day before as a violation of Islam.

One Egyptian newspaper, Al-Messa, reported the news of Amina Wadud leading Friday prayer services on its front page...

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Woman Leading Islamic Prayers Stirs Worldwide Controversy

March 19, 2005

Source: Aljazeera

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/4B40D491-751D-4A1D-B4C6-AFB73437F7F2.htm

On March 19, 2005 Aljazeera reported, "A woman has led a controversial mixed-gender Islamic prayer service, with organisers of the event saying they are 'ushering Islam into the 21st century.'

Amina Wadud, a professor of Islamic studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, said the service she was leading�was 'only one aspect of...

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Amina Wadud Leads Islamic Prayers

March 18, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/162/story_16273_1.html

On March 18, 2005 Beliefnet/RNS reported, "female professor led an Islamic prayer service Friday with men in the congregation despite sharp criticism from Muslim religious leaders in the Middle East who complained that it violated centuries of tradition. Amina Wadud, a professor of Islamic studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, led the...

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Muslim Women's League Responds to Amina Wadud Leading Prayers

March 18, 2005

Source: Muslim Women's League Press Release

http://www.mwlusa.org/responses/womanledprayer.htm

On March 18, 2005 Muslim Women's League Press Release reported, "Dr. Amina Wadud, noted Muslim scholar, will deliver the sermon and then lead the congregational prayer at an undisclosed location in New York City. This event has sparked international debate among Muslims, many of whom oppose female leadership in public Islamic worship, as well as many who support such...

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First American Woman Ordained as Hindu High Priest in Varanasi

March 11, 2005

Source: The Times of India

Wire Service: IANS

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1049213.cms

On March 11, 2005 the Indo-Asian News Service reported, "Perhaps for the first time, an American woman has been ordained a high priest in the Hindu holy city of Varanasi. Saima, renamed Laxmi Devi Chalanda Sarvanandmayi Ma, was declared 'Mahant Mahamandleshwar' or chief priest, according to a report appearing in a Varanasi...

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Muslim Woman Appointed Director of Pasadena Justice Center

March 11, 2005

Source: Pasadena Star-News

http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/Stories/0,1413,206~22097~2758435,00.html

On March 11, 2005 the Pasadena Star-News reported, "she's spent her life fostering conflict resolution, so it seemed like fate when Najeeba Syeed-Miller and the Western Justice Center Foundation in Pasadena found each other. Najeeba Syeed-Miller has been the center's executive director since November, charged with fulfilling its goals of working...

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Muslim Woman Appointed US Advisor on UN Reforms

March 11, 2005

Source: World Peace Herald

http://www.wpherald.com/storyview.php?StoryID=20050311-102201-8638r

On March 11, 2005 the World Peace Herald reported, "Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Friday appointed a Muslim woman her senior adviser on U.N. reforms. Shirin Tahir-Kheli is a U.S. citizen of Pakistani origin. She will serve as the secretary's senior advisor and chief interlocutor on United Nations reform, the State Department announced Friday. Tahir-Kheli...

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Government Moves Toward Women’s Vote, Despite Islamist Opposition

March 7, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4325207.stm

On March 7, 2005 the BBC News reported, "Kuwait's parliament has agreed to speed up moves towards a law to grant women the same political rights as men. The decision came amid noisy street rallies by women activists, who were also permitted to watch the debate. But the public gallery was cleared after some activists applauded a speech by one MP in support of their cause. The cabinet...

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