Women working within Islamic society for change in Middle East

11 Aug

By Maryann Hrichak, SF Public Press

A growing Islamic feminist movement is taking shape in the Middle East and offers hope for the future of women’s rights there, according to Isobel Coleman, senior fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

Coleman recently spoke at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco to promote her new book, “Paradise beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East.” Her book chronicles the stories of women in Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, an area of the world she terms the “strategic crescent.” Her latest work reflects how Muslim women and men are using progressive interpretations of Islam to support women’s rights.

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