Jewish Journal


May 5, 2010

How Muslim women are changing the Mideast


I missed this program titled “Islamic Fundamentalism” on KCRW Tuesday. But a loyal reader—in fact, my boss—passed it along. Here’s the synopsis from KCRW.com:

The phrase “Islamic feminist” might sound like an oxymoron, but Isobel Coleman says Muslim women argue that gender inequality is contrary to Islamic law and spirit. She writes that they’re fighting for advancement from within their culture, and she says they’re succeeding. POC producer Sarah Spitz speaks with Coleman about her new book, Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East.

I tried in vain to both embed the audio program or even include a link to KCRW, but each time it caused some snafu and wouldn’t publish. Apologies. Here’s a backdoor. Additionally, NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” did a story by the same name back in 2003.

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