Islam & Feminism

The last 100 years have seen a tremendous amount of progress for women in the political and public sphere in the Western World. Women have gained suffrage, made a resounding appearance in the labour market and are currently dominating their male counterparts in education. But it seems like enough has still not been done. Proponents of feminism claim that there is still a system of patriarchy, run by powerful men, working insidiously to undermine female voices. In the last couple of years, we have seen an avalanche of allegations against men of power abusing their authority to engage in sexual maltreatment of women under their power. The resultant backlash has seen female issues take centre stage in political discourse with all parties seeming to agree on ideas that were once seen as heretical such as a woman's choice to act with her body as she wishes.

As Muslims living in the West, we are faced with a conundrum. Many of feminism's views seem to be antithetical to an Abrahamic faith tradition but at the same time, the underlying goal of equality seems commendable. Feminists also seem to care about struggles Muslims face as a struggling minority in Western lands and, because of this, rejecting any help we can get seems like a bad idea.Feminism is just a movement that wants equality for both sexes, right?

Join us to discover the history and philosophy behind the feminist movement and understand how Islam would lay out solutions to some of the problems women face in the world at large.

Speaker Details

Zara Faris graduated in Arabic & Islamic Studies from SOAS University (School of Oriental and African Studies). She has lived for a year in Egypt studying the Arabic language. She is now a researcher, writer, and international speaker for the Muslim Debate Initiative (MDI). She is of Kurdish/Pakistani origin.

She has delivered lectures at universities around the UK (including SOAS, LSE, KCL, and UCL) on Women in Islam, Justice for Women and Men, Feminism, Reformation and Revival, and Muslims in the West.

 She has had regular TV and radio media appearances, including on the Islam Channel and BBC Radio. Zara has debated feminism and other critical topics with a variety of interlocutors.

Outside of the UK, Zara has spoken all over the world and her work has been translated into Arabic, German, Malaysian, Indonesian and Albanian. She is currently writing her first book, “Women’s Rights Without Feminism”.


Event Date 23-Nov-2019 17:30
Event End Date 23-Nov-2019 19:00
Registration Start Date 07-Nov-2019
Capacity Unlimited
Registered 59
Individual Price Free
Location Castlefield - High Wycombe
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