23-Apr-2024
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Empowering Young Muslim Women: The Power of Feminist Ijtihad

As the public face of their families and communities, their social interactions are closely monitored and restricted to prevent any perceived moral "transgressions" that could bring shame.

Religions have long played a pivotal role in shaping societal norms and behaviors through their laws, rules, and rituals. In India, this rich history can be traced back to the Vedic Ages, where religious prescriptions and philosophical discourse influenced civilized human behavior.

Within the Islamic faith, the principle of ijtihad holds great significance. It refers to the juristic interpretation of religious texts, providing a framework for understanding and applying Islamic teachings. Furthermore, the practice of feminist ijtihad offers a powerful tool for young Muslim women to combat Islamophobia and gendered Islamophobia they may encounter in their lives.

In many communities, young Muslim women bear the weight of safeguarding their family’s honor, often linked to their gender modesty and sexual chastity. As the public face of their families and communities, their social interactions are closely monitored and restricted to prevent any perceived moral “transgressions” that could bring shame. This burden of representation places immense pressure on these women.

For a detailed story, visit: Awaz the voice

Also read: Education in India: A Beacon of Hope for the Future

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