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.
Gender equity and violence against women are two issues rightfully attracting more attention in the mainstream press, but in the court of public opinion, Islam is wrongly seen as an instigator of women's oppression.
The fifth Parliamentary elections will be held in Jordan this November. It is difficult to see signs of true reform in this year's elections and I hope that Jordanians will look beyond the banners that dress the city.
While much attention is being paid to European countries considering banning the burka, which allows only the eyes of Muslim women to be seen, an Arab country is barring its teachers from wearing them.
The brutalization of women and girls cuts across all religious and cultural boundaries, so this isn't just about dis-'honor' killings, though few things are more heinous than a father murdering his daughter.
The Mayor of Batman, Turkey is suing Warner Bros and Chris Nolan for not getting permission to use the name 'Batman.' Absurd, insane, ridiculous, right? Well of course, but the truth is far more disturbing.