Resources: Islam and Women
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Many early Muslim women were very ahead of their time, even by today’s standards. This article provides some background as well as some quick facts about Islam and women.
A Jihad for Love is the first film to deal with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues within Islam. Pervez Sharma shot his award-winning 2007 documentary in 12 countries –– including India, Egypt, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Bangladesh, South Africa, and Saudi Arabia –– over a span of six years, bringing to light the stories of LGBT Muslims whose lives have been shrouded in fear and secrecy.
In Yuta Silverman’s Arranged, two teachers, Orthodox Jewish and Muslim, form a friendship as they bond over their approaching arranged marriages. Through their relationships, they support each other and learn about their cultural similarities. The film, which has won several awards, was shot over a period of 17 days in Brooklyn and New Jersey. Silverman was inspired by her own arranged marriage within her Orthodox Jewish community, and her friendship with a Pakistani Muslim woman.
This documentary tells the story of how a father and daughter inspired a movement to save their Palestinian village from being divided by the Israeli fence/wall. Ayed Morrar, a Palestinian community organizer, brought together Hamas and Fatah members, Israeli peace activists, and women recruited by his daughter, Iltezam, to support a nonviolent initiative to end the conflict in the Palestinian Territories. This successful project has sparked similar activity in other cities.