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Muslim “Feminists” Want To End Islam Myths

From their fellow Muslim feminists at Reuters:

Muslim feminists in NY want to start Koran council

By Manuela Badawy

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Muslim feminists from around the world vowed to create the first women’s council to interpret the Koran and overcome two stereotypes about their religion: Muslims are terrorists and Islam oppresses women.

The women’s council was among the most groundbreaking ideas introduced at a weekend meeting of more than 100 leaders in the fledgling Islamic feminist movement.

Many in the newly formed group, the Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality, or WISE, said strict sharia law was not divine because it was created by men and should be changed to incorporate women’s rights.

"In our societies men hold power and they decide what Islam should mean and how we can obey that particular understanding of Islam," said Zainab Anwar, executive director of Sisters in Islam, a Malaysian organization working on women’s rights within the Islamic framework.

"I can’t live with a God that is unjust," she said. "The law is progressive, but those men controlling the law aren’t."

Daisy Khan, director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement, or Asma, said she hoped to create a fund to provide scholarships for Muslim women to study Islamic law so they could form a Shura Council of Women, the first with women interpreting the Koran.

The women also want to break down myths that exist, particularly in the West, said Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Asma Society founder.

‘MISCONCEPTIONS’

"Two misconceptions about Islam are that it is associated with terrorism and that Islam is an oppressor of women. These are two myths that we seek to demolish. We need to change the perception of Islam in the West and this cannot be achieved without the participation of women," said Abdul Rauf

Baroness Uddin, the first Muslim woman to enter the House of Lords in Britain, agreed that women needed to take control of their own destiny, come together and empower other women.

"If Tony Blair and George W. Bush can get together and go to war, just imagine the power of peace that women can bring," Uddin said

This article is all over the place. Do these women believe they are oppressed or do they believe that is a "misconception"?

"Two misconceptions about Islam are that it is associated with terrorism and that Islam is an oppressor of women. These are two myths that we seek to demolish. We need to change the perception of Islam in the West and this cannot be achieved without the participation of women," said Abdul Rauf.

Where did we ever get such crazy ideas?

By the way Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is the man PBS picked to explain Islam to us ignorant infidels.

So he must know his stuff.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, November 19th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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