Tag: Women’s Rights

Mullahs and the Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Act

Just recently, the Punjab government (And I am no fan of them politically)  passed, Unanimously, the Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Act. I consider this a huge first step in making the Pakistani public and private sphere better and safer for women, and my hope is that the federal government and other provinces will…

Creatures of a lesser God

After listening to an “enlightening” oration of a young Moulana educated in the United States, who was speaking at my university on the status of women in Muslim societies, a student asked him why all the prophets were men? To my surprise his response was, “As women are unable to think rationally and make correct…

The ulama and the rights of women

If woman is just an appendage and a ward of men, then she cannot be held accountable for her sins as a fully realized human being and thus not subject to divine judgment In my textual encounters, and now sadly Youtube encounters, with the Ulama and their explanations of women’s rights in Islam, I have…

Iqbal: The Reluctant Feminist

Iqbal apologists always suggest that Iqbal wanted the women to have all the rights granted to them in the shariah: how revolutionary is that? It is the job of a philosopher to think on the edge of thought, to go beyond what custom and tradition permit. I started reading Iqbal in eighth grade. Since then,…

Open letter to The President, Prime Minister, Interior Ministry, Chief Justice, Chief Ministers, and heads of all political parties, Pakistan

(From Citizens for Democracy) March 9, 2011: Over 300 prominent individuals – academics, columnists, writers, doctors, lawyers, businessmen and women, IT professionals, students, journalists and others – from Pakistan and elsewhere (including India, France, Italy, USA, UK, Canada) besides over 80 organisations from Pakistan and abroad have endorsed this Open letter to The President, Prime…

Women’s Rights in Islam, By Sayed Mumtaz Ali

Translated by Masood Ashraf Raja Preface In these few pages I have explained the crux of my thoughts about the rights of women, a subject upon which I have often thought and reflected. Although my thoughts have gone through slight changes over a period, my views on all- important aspects of this subject have neither…

Four Decades of Bhutto Dynasty

(From Viewpoint Online) One of the starkest expressions of the eclipse of socialist traditions throughout Asia is the resurgence of dynastic idolatry. Crushed under the weight of oppression and brutality, and lacking a sense of their own power to rise up and shape their own destiny, the hopes of the poor and downtrodden in town…

Exposing the Drone War

(Syndicated from Viewpoint Online) Pervez Hoodbhoy is someone we once respected as an anti-nuclear activist. We rushed when he spoke on campuses and placed him second tier only to the likes of Eqbal Ahmed and Edward Said.  For him to so brazenly support drone attacks as a necessary evil is not simply unconscionable, it is…