I never really understood why some mosques are so comfortable in creating spaces for women that really are just disrespectful, both of the women themselves and the ritual that they are coming to undertake.
Many Muslim Americans feel a sense of urgency to take control of their narrative. My personal attempt at translating this urgency into action is reflected through my work to explore the inherent complexity of gender-and-Islam.
In many Muslim societies, Islamic law deems women inferior to men. A woman's testimony is worth half that of a man, and her independence is restricted by seclusion in the home, laws of guardianship by male kin, polygamy and unilateral divorce.