Fatemeh Fakhraie

Fatemeh Fakhraie

Founder of MuslimahMediaWatch.org and an author. You can follow her at fatemehfakhraie.com or @fatemehf.

Who says I can’t be a Muslim feminist?

People, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, often tell me that I can’t be both a Muslim and a feminist. At a recent book reading in Oregon, for example, a male audience member asked me, “How does that even work?”. These questions demonstrate some of the rigid misconceptions individuals have about Islam and feminism; many people think that they’re mutually exclusive categories. In fact, as a Muslim feminist, I have found them to have more in common than people realise, especially when it comes to social justice. Ethos – the fundamental spirit that guides my faith– is more important to me than edicts, ...

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