Unveiling Nis'A

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A classic tension between a social religious issue vs. tensions of feminist identity politics is discussed in this research paper. Is it possible to be a religious feminist? What about a Muslim Feminist? Are they somewhat contradictary or can they work within a mutual system of exchange? Laslty, what are the various explanations of the hijab for Muslim women globally. ESSAY Unveiling Nis’a The western feminist and additionally popular perspective on women in Islam is a rather narrow one. Lila Abu Lughod in her essay “Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving?” despite her attempts could not help beg a glimpse of the inevitable question that emerges from the entire topic of Women in Islam. She slips at some point in the essay the question Can a Muslim woman be a feminist? The question is rather rhetorical, I would alternatively beg the question Can a feminist be a Muslim? But, that I will return to in my conclusion. I do not intend on attempting in any manner in this essay to answer the question of the possibility of Islamic feminism. Rather, I attempt purely to inform my reader(s) on the single issue concerning Muslim women’s hijab (and the various perspectives of Muslim women on the hijab as well as the many misconceptions associated with the hijab) that has been so gravely misunderstood and the effect of which is merely multiplied by contemporary media globally. The most intelligent of our contemporaries have failed to speculate thoroughly issues pertaining to women in Islam that has led to a continuing fallacy between Islam and the rest of the world, the product of which are ominous schisms among east vs. west, us vs. them and civilized vs. uncivilized. Such synthetic boundaries not only ‘otherize’ the Islamic world but they further prevent a thorough communication that is crucial for the salvation from human suffering in the Islamic world. Now, because the
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