I went for a talk organized by AWARE last week given by Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib centering around the idea of an ‘Islamic Feminism’, specifically one inspired by early reformist responses in Egypt flourishing during sociopolitical transformation of Muslim societies in the mid 19th century, partially in response to feminist movements occuring within the European states. While these reformist works initially led to a ‘liberal age’, due to conditions of colonial subjugation these ideas went into decline. However, it is important in this age where nationalistic and politically motivated Islamic fundamentalism is on the rise that the discourse re-embraces the feminist ideas of the West, keeping in mind of course the need to disentangle such ideas from Orientalist discourse.
The presentation can be viewed and downloaded at the link.
Margot Badran, Feminism in Islam: Secular and Religious Convergences (Oxford: Oneworld, 2009)
Leila Ahmed, Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992)
Ibrahim Abu-Lughod, The Arab Rediscovery of Europe: A Study in Cultural Encounters (London: Saqi Books, 2011)
Albert Hourani, Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age, 1798-1939 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1983)
Rifa’a Rafi’ al-Tahtawi, An Imam in Paris: Al-Tahtawi’s Visit to France, 1826-1831 (London: Saqi Books, 2011)
Qasim Amin, The Liberation of Women and The New Woman: Two Documents in the History of Egyptian Feminism (Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, 2000)
A man feeding swans and ducks from a snowy river bank in Krakow
the contrast is insane
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this is my dream
It’s emperor kuzco looking at the hill to build his summer palace
“In 1921, early suffragettes often donned a bathing suit and ate pizza in large groups to annoy men…it was a custom at the time.”
While true happiness may have a different definition to each of us, science can give us a glimpse at the underlying biological factors behind happiness. From the food we eat to room temperature, there are thousands of factors that play a role in how our brains work and the moods that we are in. Understanding these factors can be helpful in achieving lasting happiness.
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#YesAllWomen tweets reveal persistent sexism in science By Fiona MacDonald via ScienceAlert. | Image Credit: First three images via ScienceAlert via Twitter, fourth image via Twitter.
And if you’re a woman, you’ll be nodding along to nine out of 10 of them.
The hashtag started after it was revealed that 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, lead suspect in the Isla Vista shooting, had shared extremely disturbing and misogynistic views in a video posted shortly before the attack.
Instead of flooding the internet with Rodger-specific fury, Twitter took the discussion to the next level and remind the world that sexism is still very much present across society, and #YesAllWomen experience it.
Among those tweets were many honest and confronting admissions of sexism from female scientists, students and communicators.
This isn’t the first time the issue of misogyny in science has been brought up, but it’s always sad and shocking to see certain opinions persist when females have come such a long way in the field.
As ScienceAlert is staffed almost entirely by women, we though we’d add a few of our own:
Because only 44 out of 835 Nobel Prize laureates are women.
Because senior scientists would still rather hire males, and pay them more.
Because people are still shocked when we tell them ScienceAlert is run by women.
Because that last tweet I screenshotted, via Hannah Hart, really hits home for myself and so many women I’ve talked to over the last few days [much less ever] when it comes to pointing out sexism in general, especially within the STEM world.
a break from our regular programming for some real important stuff
- “But why do I notice everything? She thought. Why must I think? She did not want to think. She wanted to force her mind to become a blank and lie...”
- “When you need to have hundreds of protests just to tell the world that killing people is not okay that is when you know humanity has failed.”
Six times as many Palestinians killed over the last 72 hours than all projectiles fired at Israel have killed in 13 years.