24
Sep
10

The Struggles of Muslim Women Today

Often, Attuned features stories in a Christian perspective, but it is worth reminding everyone that my hope for this blog is to provoke discussion about issues that affect society and religion.  Though today’s stories have little to do with the Catholic Church (though one could argue for a strong connection), the issues surrounding women’s rights in the Muslim world spreads throughout our societies.

I coupled the two stories because both are short and related.  NPR has done a nice job of offering multiple points of view on each subject and I believe they paint a more vivid picture when heard together.

As I listened to each of these interviews, I wonder how often we think about the impact of culture on religion while distinguishing the two?  And do these stories perpetuate or challenge the existing stereotypes of women in the Muslim world?

I am quite sure other questions will come up for discussion, so listen in, and then makes plans to sit down with others and discuss these two great interviews.

DOWNLOAD: MUSLIM WOMEN DEBATE GENDER SEGREGATION IN MOSQUES (13 minutes)

Credits: Martin, Michel. “Muslim Women Debate Gender Segregation In Mosques.” Faith Matters. Interview with Asra Nomani and Asha Abdi. National Public Radio (NPR), March 12, 2010.

DOWNLOAD: MUSLIM WOMEN MAY LOSE RIGHT TO WEAR VEIL (7 minutes)

Credits: Martin, Michel. “In Egypt, Muslim Women May Lose Right To Wear Veil.” Faith Matters. Interview with Rawya Rageh. National Public Radio (NPR), February 19, 2010.

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