Muslim Feminists Confront a World of Obstacles

Nadira Artyk – Womensenews – Tuesday 9 Dec, 2008

BARCELONA, Spain (WOMENSENEWS)–At one point during the third gathering of the International Congress on Islamic Feminism, Arifa Mazhar grew tired of talking about religion.
“Instead of debating Islam, we should be debating culture and its impact,” she burst out at a microphone during a discussion after one of the sessions. “Culture is so conservative in some tribal areas. Women can’t move around; they can’t work. There are a lot of social taboos and tribal traditions that oppress women and they have little to do with Islam.”

And the principles of local courts and councils are so deeply entrenched that women accept them because they don’t know their rights, she added. . .

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