Category Archives: herstory

On the obstruction of the lineage of female scholarship as a tool of disempowerment

A few years after the Prophet’s death, a daring woman was forbidden from ever marrying any free man. The order came from Caliph Umar. After the woman had disclosed to him that she had taken one of her young male … Continue reading

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Islamic History and the Women You Never Hear About: Fatima Muhammad Al-Fihri

Did you know the first institution granting academic degrees in the world was founded by a Muslim woman? Of course you didn’t. Fatima Muhammad Al-Fihri’s university, the University of Qarawiyyin in Fes, Morocco, is still in operation today. It is … Continue reading

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Prophet Maryam and Her Successor, the Prophet Muhammad

Although I’ve already written about Maryam as our Prophetess, I’d like to expand on her significance by comparing the cosmological role of our Prophet Muhammad to that of our Prophetess Maryam. There are several interesting parallels between Maryam and Muhammad; … Continue reading

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Islamic History and the Women You Never Hear About: Zaat al-Khaal

The very earliest of the Umayyads did not keep harems of jawari (or slave women, if I can translate roughly for a moment), but instead a woman’s power was rightfully her own, and her nobility was measured by her defiance. … Continue reading

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Islamic History and the Women You Never Hear About: Kahula bint Azwar

Kahula bint Azwar, who belongs in the warriors series, is nothing short of legendary. Most notably the ardent heroine charged to the rescue of her abducted brother, who was also a soldier and had been taken prisoner by the Byzantine … Continue reading

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Islamic History and the Women You Never Hear About: Al Shifa bint Abdullah

Along with contributing to medical necessities and engaging in politics Al Shifa bint Abdulla was the first female teacher in the early Muslim community. She is mentioned in nearly every text, but her name is seldom heard during sermons at … Continue reading

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Islamic History and the Women You Never Hear About: Women Leading Men in Prayer

“In the early days of the Muslim community, there were women who made the call to prayer, and there were also women who led the ritual prayer not only for women but also for men. In particular, Umm Waraqa bint … Continue reading

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