Women in Islam explores the complexities of gender relations in Muslim communities in the Horn of Africa and beyond. It engages critically with the conflicting perceptions of Islam in relation to women’s human rights and equality. The journal is devoted to providing a space for Muslims and non-Muslims from all walks of life to discuss social, political and cultural challenges associated with the intersection of Islamic religion and gender. It aims to promote alternative, progressive readings of Islamic traditions and texts on the topics of gender equality and justice. Gathering an eclectic selection of essays, academic papers, opinion pieces and personal narratives punctuated with poetry, art and caricatures, the journal seeks to spark creative and forward-looking discussions on how to effectively improve the status of women in Islam. It is published by the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA), a regional network of women’s and civil society organisations.
In the words of our readers:
“Women in Islam is one of the very few journals that one can find with a progressive and gender-egalitarian interpretation of Islam. It combines good and sound scholarship, in both Arabic and English, with an artistic and innovative approach. It is a real pleasure to read it, to see how women are challenging the patriarchy from within the tradition, and to learn about what is happening on the ground.” Dr. Ziba Mir-Hosseini, legal anthropologist and activist, UK
“This is an eye-opening and insightful publication that celebrates humanity as individuals and as a whole. It is enlightened in its attempts at modernisation and has charted the path of a tolerant and liberal Islam.” Amer Mohammed Ahmed, literary critic, Sudan