Women

Proposed Changes to Hindu Succession Act Would Eliminate Gender Discrimination

January 10, 2005

Source: Economic Times

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/985455.cms

On January 10, 2005 the Economic Times reported, "The Hindu Succession Act is applicable to any person who is a Hindu. This includes the followers of the Brahmo, Prarthana and Arya Samaj. Further, it also includes Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs within its ambit. In case there are others who might not be covered under these categories then any other person who is not a Muslim,...

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Saudi Arabia Rejects Unwed Female Converts Visas for Hajj

January 9, 2005

Source: IslamOnline.net

http://www.islamonline.org/English/News/2005-01/09/article04.shtml

On January 9, 2005 IslamOnline.net reported, "Praying for a cherished dream to come true, French female converts are disappointed at Saudi regulations, which ban women from performing hajj without a husband or a close male relative forbidden in marriage (a mahram). Many were the times that the Saudi consulate in Paris denied female converts visas for such a...

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More Muslim, Christian Women Wearing Headscarf for "Protection"

December 30, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A35086-2004Dec29.html

On December 30, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "This is the new reality for many women in Iraq, Muslims and Christians alike. As the months have passed since the U.S.-led invasion, fewer women are daring to venture out without wearing a traditional Muslim head scarf, called a hejab in Arabic. In Baghdad, moderate Muslim women used to feel they had a choice...

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Islam Attracts Unprecedented Numbers of Latina Converts

December 27, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/1227/p11s02-ussc.html

On December 27, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "at [the] Union City, N.J., Mosque, women account for more than half of the Latino Muslims who attend services here. Nationwide, there are about 40,000 Latino Muslims in the United States, according to the Islamic Society of North America. Many of the Latina converts say that their belief that women are treated better in...

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Muslim American Society Convention Stresses Need for Increased Spiritual Life and Women's Participation

December 27, 2004

Source: Muslim American Society Press Release

http://masnet.org/takeaction.asp?id=2007

On December 27, 2004 a Muslim American Society Press Release reported, "thousands braved the cold, snow, lost luggage, and airline delays to attend the annual Muslim American Society - Islamic Circle of North America (MAS-ICNA) convention at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Chicago over the weekend. This year’s theme was American Muslims Working for the Greater Good, stressing the need for...

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Toronto Mosque Seen as Model for More Flexible Form of Islam in West

December 21, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com/Religion News Service

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/158/story_15843_1.html

On December 21, 2004 the Religion News Service reported, "The handful of girls and women arriving for Friday prayers at the Islamic center make small talk before removing their coats and shoes, tying their head scarves and quietly filing into the prayer room -- just as their Muslim sisters do the world over this day...The only conspicuous difference is that at the Noor...

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Sharifa Alkhateeb, American Muslim Leader, Women's Rights Champion, Passes in 2004

December 20, 2004

Source: Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

http://www.wrmea.com/archives/December_2004/0412051.html

On December 20, 2004 the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs reported, "Dr. Sharifa Alkhateeb's smile and her voice, bubbling with optimism and determination, are now gone. But her memory will remain with everyone who knew her for a very long time to come. Alkhateeb died Oct. 21 of pancreatic cancer in Ashburn, VA. After a lifetime spent working to help...

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Islamic Feminist Draws Criticism From Men and Women

December 18, 2004

Source: Houston Chronicle/Los Angeles Times

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/world/2953301

On December 18, 2004 Los Angeles Times reported, "Drawing fire from men and women, Hidayet Sefkatli Tuksal is at the forefront of Turkey's unique brand of Islamic feminism. Disillusionment over male professors and colleagues' misogyny prompted Tuksal, a fiercely devout Muslim scholar, to investigate what Islam really says about women. Her findings, she said, reveal...

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Gov't Endorses Giving Hindu Daughters Equal Inheritance, Women Demand Same for Other Faiths

December 17, 2004

Source: The Times of India

http://www1.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/961503.cms

On December 17, 2004 The Times of India reported, "Happy with the UPA government's endorsement of the legislative proposal to give daughters from Hindu families an equal share in ancestral property, women groups are now asking for a similar right for women of other religions. 'It is a big battle won,' said Nirmala Seetharaman, member National Commission for Women. 'If...

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Europe Insisting "Islamism" Incompatible With Liberal Values

December 4, 2004

Source: TIMES ONLINE

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-1387077,00.html

On December 4, 2004 TIMES ONLINE reported, "A few days ago, pop celebrities joined 2,000 people in a march through Marseilles denouncing violence against women, particularly in the immigrant-dominated housing estates. The protest against Islamic 'obscurantism' and the 'fundamentalism that imprisons women' was led by a group of Muslim women who call themselves Ni Putes ni Soumises (...

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Muslim Nobel Prize Winner Says Wearing Scarf Should Be Woman's Decision

November 25, 2004

Source: The Washington Times

Wire Service: UPI

http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20041125-041157-2770r.htm

On November 25, 2004 United Press International reported, "Shirin Ebadi, the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, said wearing a headscarf should be left to the discretion of Muslim women. The Iranian lawyer and human rights activist, on a visit to Japan, commented Wednesday on the recent discord in...

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Expert on Islam Welcomes Country's Decision Not to Ban Headscarf

November 18, 2004

Source: swissinfo

http://nzz.ch/2004/11/18/english/page-synd5349796.html

On November 18, 2004 swissinfo reported, "A Swiss expert on Islam has welcomed a decision by the country’s leading retailer, Migros, not to ban the wearing of Muslim headscarves. But in an interview with swissinfo, Stéphane Lathion, president of the Group of Research on Islam in Switzerland, said the move was unlikely to lead to changes elsewhere. On Thursday Migros said there would be...

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Muslim Girl in Oklahoma Public School OK'd to Wear Headscarf

November 12, 2004

Source: Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/111304dntexheadscarf.9d9e.html

On November 12, 2004 Dallas Morning News reported, "a little more than a year after she was suspended for wearing a Muslim head scarf to school, Nashala Hearn now goes to school wearing it. And few people seem to notice, said Nashala, a 12-year-old student at the Seventh and Eighth Grade Center. Nashala can...

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