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Ida Lichter, M.D.
Ida Lichter, MD (Surry Hills, NSW, Australia), is a psychiatrist and writer in the UK and Australia. She is the author of Muslim Women Reformers: Inspiring Voices Against Oppression, published by Prometheus Books.

Entries by Ida Lichter, M.D.

Follies of Denial: Accommodation with Iran

(10) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 5:04 PM

Much analysis on the Iran nuclear agreement has sidelined human rights, particularly women's rights, largely ignored Iranian aggression, and forgotten the history of comparable pacts.

Women have been oppressed since the Islamic revolution in 1979. Their movement, which emerged forcibly in the mid 2000s, is probably the most courageous dissident...

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Follies of Denial: Women and the Islamic State

(5) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 3:34 PM

Women are the most vulnerable targets of the Islamic State (IS), which has enslaved and brutalized women who don't meet their jihadi standards, and even introduced female police squads to monitor and persecute their own sex.

Why are Muslim women around the world enthusiastically joining a movement that enforces...

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Follies of Denial: Jihad and the Islamic State

(4) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 10:22 AM

Western leaders who deny the religious foundation of the jihadist group Islamic State are blind to its raison d'être, which is firmly grounded in Islamic texts and the concept of offensive jihad. Furthermore, models for militias such as Islamic State can be found in historic and contemporary jihads....

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Murdering Freedom of Speech

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 2:19 PM

The spectre of more jihadi attacks and bloody protests in response to the Charlie Hebdo covers will test the resolve of Western states and the media.

However, the corollary to "Je suis Charlie" is most likely "Je suis Charlie until je get scared," according to...

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Qanta Ahmed's Message and Mission

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 10:04 AM

Qanta Ahmed is the antithesis of an oppressed woman, who is beholden to her husband or male guardian for permission to leave the house or travel abroad. Straightforward, smartly dressed in Western style, articulate and fearless, she utilizes a fierce intelligence to criticize the ideology of Islamism that threatens the...

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The Women of Afghanistan Must Not Be Forgotten

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 12:53 PM

The onslaught of radical Islamist militias such as Islamic State (IS, ISIS or ISIL) and Boko Haram highlights the failure of the UN and international community to recognize and prevent their proliferation. Preoccupation with the threat of IS also diverts attention from Afghanistan, where women fear...

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Boko Haram's Ideology Key to Violence

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 1:17 PM

Boko Haram's seizure of more than 270 schoolgirls in northern Nigeria for alleged use as sex slaves or hostages is a major publicity coup that could fuel recruitment for fundamentalist organizations. Unless the international community cooperates to confront and stamp out the ideology of Boko Haram and other...

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Can Disaster Be Averted for the Women of Afghanistan?

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 9:51 PM

There is a potential catastrophe looming when foreign troops leave Afghanistan, as the central government could well sacrifice women and girls in future negotiations with the Taliban.

Recently, the government showed its readiness to shed women's rights in a new law that would have barred evidence from...

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United Nations No Defender of Muslim Women's Rights

(1) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 11:14 AM

Nelson Mandela's passing focused the world on his great achievements, while ignoring the increased sexual violence during the period of his leadership in South Africa, a country often described as the "rape capital of the world." Violence against women is rife in other African states and the mislabeled...

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Saudi Women Drivers: Threat to State Religion and Politics

(6) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 2:27 PM

As Saudi women's October 26 right to drive campaign accelerates, a novel argument has taken off in favour of the ban on female drivers. Conservative cleric Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan claims that driving poses a risk to women's ovaries as it pushes up the pelvis, and could...

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Why Morsi's Ouster and a Civil Society Offer Hope for Egyptian Women

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 12:09 PM

In Pakistan, two politicians who opposed blasphemy laws were assassinated, and a woman was allegedly hacked into 10 pieces by her pious husband because she refused to wear a hijab. Morsi's Egypt was heading in this direction until he was deposed in a...

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Victimizing Reformers Unveils Saudi and Western Hypocrisy

(6) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 11:06 AM

Saudi blogger, Raif Badawi, was recently sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes. His offences included criticism of the religious police who patrol the streets and arrest women in breach of the dress code. In June, two prominent Saudi women reformers were called to assist a...

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Iranian Women's Movement Strangled by Restrictions

(5) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 3:28 PM

The women of Iran are forbidden to stand in the upcoming presidential election on June 14, and are being strangled by ever-increasing restrictions. What has happened to the courageous Iranian women's movement of dissent that gave inspiration to the protests of the Arab Spring uprisings?

A member of the Guardian...

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Saudi Women Edge Toward Equal Rights Reform

(3) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 1:34 PM

Is permission to ride a bike the first step toward lifting the ban on Saudi women driving a car? A recent government ruling allows women to ride bikes or buggies in parks and recreational areas on condition they wear full Islamic dress. In case riders become tangled in...

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Why The Arab World Needs a New Wave of Feminism -- and Who Could Lead It

(59) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 3:58 PM

An article in a Hamas daily accused women for spreading a recent outbreak of Swine flu. The columnist blamed women for being transmitters of epidemics, due to their predilection for congregating in groups to exchange news and rumors. He suggested that outbreaks could be averted if men imposed...

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Women's Rights Depend on the West

(20) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 2:01 PM

The gang rape, torture and murder of a 23-year-old student in India set off a tsunami of outrage and nationwide demonstrations against culture-bound gender violence. More reports have surfaced recently. A woman was gang-raped on a bus in Punjab state, another was attacked and...

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Why We Should 'Adopt' Iranian Women Prisoners of Conscience

(1) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 12:16 PM

The plight of Iranian women prisoners of conscience was under the radar. Now that many names of those in Evin prison have been published, these courageous women must not be forgotten and the Iranian government should be pressured for their immediate release.

Iranian Nobel...

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British Government Set to Battle Sharia Courts

(37) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 12:55 PM

A bill that challenges illegal discriminatory practices in U.K. shariah forums is gathering support in Britain's parliament. Its passage will be followed with interest in Western countries under pressure to recognize aspects of shariah (Islamic law), particularly in the United States, where formal recognition of shariah in court...

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Feminists Betray Islamic Women

(88) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 4:16 PM

Last week, Afghan girl Mah Gul was beheaded on the instruction of family because she rejected prostitution. Fifteen-year-old Malala Yousufzai was shot in the head by Pakistani Taliban gunmen in the Swat Valley because she campaigned for women's secular education. Absence of outrage by Muslim leaders...

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Blasphemy Bans Threaten Reform

(7) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 4:58 PM

The recent wave of worldwide protests and riots against an anti-Islamic online video "Innocence of Muslims," attests to the inflammatory potential of blasphemy accusations in the Muslim world. In the process, the Muslim reform movement, especially women's reform, is an overlooked casualty, easily lost in the outrage and...

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