via FREEDOM FROM THE FORBIDDEN (BLOG): 

Below is a list of books that I highly recommend to anyone interested in understanding re-interpretations of Islam, alternative readings to the traditionalist ones that are largely patriarchal in nature, or otherwise scholarship that complicate simplified ideas of Islam, women, gender, and sexuality. These books may be a response to western, orientalist images of gender issues in Islam and Muslim societies, or they may be a response to traditionalist, patriarchal Islam’s problematic assumptions and teachings of women, gender, and sexuality — or both, as is often the case.  Either way, the following are breaths of fresh air, I promise.

Needless to say, the list is not comprehensive and not intended to be such.  I invite – and will appreciate – any and all additions.

In addition to the following scholarship, another great resource is the Religion and Feminism blog where Kecia Ali, Laury Silvers, Amina Wadud, and other Muslims write frequently on Islamic feminism and related themes. Please click these links to reach the writings of the respective authors: Kecia Ali | Laury Silvers | Amina Wadud | Vanessa Rivera de la Fuente | Jameelah X. Medina | And let me do some shameless self-promotion or whatevz and link y’all to my article over at the same blog titled Why I am an Islamic Feminist.

Islamic Feminism, Feminist/Progressive/Gender-Egalitarian Interpretations of Islam

Listed in order of author’s last name. KEEP READING FOR THE LIST

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by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary & TIRN, on MARCH 21, 2015: 

Wishing those who celebrate it a Happy Nowruz (Nowruz Mobarak) from the Silk Roads, to Iran, to the US and in between! CLICK HERE for a compilation on Nowruz, from the celebratory to the politicaL

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via TAYLOR & FRANCIS ONLINE on MARCH 8, 2015: 

Sunday 8th March 2015 is International Women’s Day (IWD). To mark the occasion, Routledge are delighted to offer you free online access to a wide range of articles exploring the role women play in a variety of industries. With access to over 200 articles, we know what you’ll be doing this IWD!

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by HATEM BAZIAN (VIA ACADEMIA.EDU), JANUARY 2015: 

University of California, Berkeley Call for Papers to the 6thAnnual Islamophobia Conference (April 23-25, 2015 at Boalt Law School, UC Berkeley)

“Islamophoia Studies:The State of the Islamophobia Studies Field” 

UC Berkeley Center for Race and Gender Islamophobia Research and DocumentationProject is hosting the sixth annual International Islamophobia Conference and invites Scholars, Researchers, Artists, Poets, Media Producers, Artists, Activists andCommunity Organizations to submit an abstract for a mutli-medium engagement in the Islamophobia Studies field.The conference’s theme this year is focused on assessing the Islamophobia studies field from a broader multi-disciplinary and transnational perspectives. Continue reading