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PERSPECTIVES FROM MUSLIM WOMEN
Muslim women in California
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June 22, 2007


The treatment of women under some Islamic systems is among the most contentious of issues faced by American Muslims today. In May 2007, the Pew Research Center released a study of the growing population of American Muslims, "Muslim Americans: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream" which gauged attitudes toward the issue. Of those surveyed 69 percent said that the Islamic religion treats men and women equally well.

Producer Candace White spoke with four Muslim women in the San Francisco Bay area about being a Muslim woman in America:

Saliah Shakir is the wife of Imam Zaid Shakir. Like him, she converted to Islam during a tour of duty with the Air Force.

Sadaf Khan studied at Zaytuna for four years and is now the Institute's Office Manager. She is also the Institute's fundraising coordinator and at the start of the 2007 school year, will assist in coordinating school curriculum.

Marwa Elzankaly is a litigation attorney and currently a provisional partner in her firm. She earned her law degree from Santa Clara University in 1999 and passed the bar the same year.

Uzma Husaini works as an editor in Zaytuna's publications department which includes SEASONS Journal and the Zaytuna Curriculum Series. She received her ijazah (license) to teach tajweed from Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi. She teaches a weekend class in Qur'anic recitation at Zaytuna as well as a class in Islamic studies at Las Positas Community College in Livermore, CA.

References and Reading:
GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: Roles of Women in the Middle East
Extensive Q and A, video and audio excerpts and a long list of resources on women and Islam from the PBS Global Connections education site.

The Role of Women in Islam
PBS's RELIGION AND ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY's roundtable discussion with Muslim women.

FRONTLINE: Muslims
Discussion of women and Islam with scholars and religious leaders from the PBS series FRONTLINE.

Beliefnet: Understanding Islam
"In the five years since 9/11, a spotlight has been on Islam and Muslims. Read Muslim voices as they react to world events and address controversial topics such as jihad, madrassas, terrorism, and women's rights."

Teen magazine addresses challenges of being Muslim girl in United States
by Joe Garofoli, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, June 18, 2007
"An April study commissioned by JWT, the nation's largest advertising agency, described Muslim Americans as one of 'America's biggest hidden niche markets' with an aggregate disposable income of $170 billion. 'It is more true to say that Muslim Americans represent a number of niche markets distinguished by many factors, including ethnicity, culture and whether they are immigrants,' said the study."

Gender and Religion
Perspectives on women and religion from BILL MOYERS ON FAITH AND REASON.

Published June 22, 2007

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