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Ray Rice’s Domestic Violence Has Nothing to Do With Islam

Too often, popular cultural monolithically portrays Muslim men as violent, abusive, and misogynistic.

In the wake of domestic abuse reports from the NFL, social media outlets were flooded with Islamophobic stereotypes about misogyny and violence.

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Dispatches from AWID 2012: Arab Spring Becomes a Chill for Women, But The Organizing Continues

Young Arab women have led and are leading the charge for women’s rights in the Arab world. Yet spring has turned quickly to winter and the prospects they face are grimmer than the world may have realized. At AWID 2012, young Arab women activists speak for themselves.

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Islam and Abortion: A Woman’s Life is the Greatest Priority

Religious scholars discussing Islam and abortion note that religion gets confused with culture, but education, exposure and understanding of one’s religion is liberating.

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Gay Slurs, Erotic Art: Sex Ed and Christianity in Montana

In Helena, Montana, educators are trying to implement comprehensive sex education.  But the curriculum has spurred furious right-wing opposition, and false claims about the content.

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Democracy: Always Good for Women’s Rights?

The general view in academic circles is that democracy should provide for enhanced civil, political and personal rights. But for the women of Afghanistan, the impending presidential elections are already beginning to restrict theirs.

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Interpretations of Islamic Law Deny Women Choice in Indonesia and Malaysia

In most Muslim-majority countries, abortion is generally prohibited with exceptions made where the health of the mother is at risk, but doctors often aren’t aware of the legal exceptions.

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Roundup: Revirginization in Europe, Family Planning, HIV/AIDS

Muslim women in Europe increasingly seeking hymen reconstruction, Family planning a human right, HIV/AIDS pandemic a pervasive social problem.

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Roundup: Evolving Idea of Gender, Online Dating and Islam

Thomas Beattie’s pregnancy is opening minds about gender, online dating empowering Muslim women.

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Muslim Leaders Defend Marriage by Choice

In India, women — viewed as either the husband’s or father’s property — cannot make decisions about their own marriages. But a new decision made by Muslim bodies and Islamic scholars says that under Sharia law, a woman cannot be married against her will.

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