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What The West Gets Wrong About Muslim Women

Western generalizations about the treatment of Muslim women have tainted perceptions. So what are the fallacies surrounding women in Islam?

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We had the opportunity to sit down and interview Professor Saba Mahmood, an anthropologist at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Mahmood specializes in religious and secular politics in post-colonial societies. In our discussion, we explore the role of feminism in Islam and what the West gets wrong about the Islamic faith.

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Does Islam Really Subjugate Women? (bigthink.com)
"There is popular narrative in the West that Islam is sexist. "

The Truth About Islam (slate.com)
"In the last five years the world's two-decade-long decline in political violence has stalled and been decisively reversed."

Eleven things women in Saudi Arabia cannot do (theweek.co.uk)
"Women have been elected to municipal councils in Saudi Arabia for the first time, in ballots held on Saturday."

Indonesia (state.gov)
"The Constitution provides for 'all persons the right to worship according to his or her own religion or belief," and states that "the nation is based upon belief in one supreme God,' and the Government generally respects these provisions;"