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 Abdullah, who was trained by Muhummad himself, acted as the prayer leader for her whole …

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The Legacy of Fatima

Though men and women may have appropriated Fatima in different ways, men as usual authored nearly all of the preserved literature regarding her biography, so that censored writings of history function as a paradigm. This symbol of Fatima has consequently and predictably been molded throughout the centuries to fit political needs or inspirations: Fatima is …

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Women in Islamic History: the Unlawful Erosion of Monogamy and the Correlating Objectification of Women

After divorce or widowhood, women in the first Muslim societies married and remarried without the disparagement of social stigma. It was not until the Abbasid era, upon the conquering of immensely patriarchal cultures and the expansive harems that arose in consequence, that the contractual rights of monogamy enforced by women began to erode, and the …

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Enforcements by the Prophet of the Principles of Equality in Islam, and the Leveling of the Feminine

Once the Prophet was with a man whose young son came to him, and the man kissed his son and lifted him onto his lap. Then the man’s daughter came and he sat her in front of him. The Prophet asked, “Why did you not treat them equally?” (al-Haythami) Even for something as minor as …

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