Coming from a Muslim background myself, I have met SO many Muslim women who do not hesitate one moment in describing themselves as being a feminist that embraces Islam.
Hijab is considered to be a way of empowering women. Many Muslim feminists argue that it's not worn for men, it's not worn because they're inferior or sexual objects, but it's worn as a part of their identity, dedication to their God and a way of being themselves without being judged on their outward appearance.
To that, I say fair enough. Women should be able to wear whatever they want without being judged for it, whether that is a thong bikini or a full abaya and niqab.
HOWEVER, I personally feel that being both Muslim and a feminist is an oxymoron- the Quran itself states that daughters receive less inheritance than their brothers, and that their husbands are permitted to beat them lightly if they have "misbehaved".
The interpretation of hijab in this day and age- ie covering the hair and the body except for the face, hands and feet - is derived completely from hadith rather than the Quran itself, which states "draw your veils across your bosoms, and do not show that which is not normal to show". Following this rule, it basically says cover up your boobs and don't show off anything else that isn't considered to be normal. If a Muslim woman said to her family and peers "I don't agree with head coverings, and I will never cover my hair", she would most likely be considered to be breaking rules of Islam.
Obviously the previous two paragraphs are solely my own opinions, which I have come to from being an ex-Muslim female who has experienced the religion and culture, read the Quran and also attended religious school for a number of years.
I'm not trying to hate on Islam, or "Muslim-bashing"; I genuinely want to know other people's opinion on this topic, both Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
Ideally if there are any feminist Muslims about, please would you mind giving your viewpoint? I'd love to hear it and discuss.
This always make me laugh and the non muslim feminists i have asked always avoid the question. If anything feminism should be altering Islam but they're just out to get a more easier life rather than bring any useful change.
Of course it is. Except that a Muslim Feminist is roughly equivalent to a 1850 Feminist.
If women were able to be feminists in a male dominated society with institutional anti-female laws back then, Muslim women can do the same today.
If you're not muslim why are you bothered? As far as I am aware, I have met no muslim woman who has a problem with the status given to them in Islam, you no longer identify yourself as muslim, so I fail to understand why you would need to ask such a question?
It is impossible to be a true muslim and a true feminist. It is also impossible to be a true muslim and a true secularist.
As a muslim, I would not consider myself as a feminist. I believe Islam is about justice, and justice is far more important that plain equality. Women and Men are different physically and to some extent also mentally.
As a Christian, I personally believe that Christianity ,Hinduism,Sikhism e.tc is not as harsh and thorough as Islam,from MY point of view one cannot be portrayed as a westernised MUSLIM feminist,as maybe a Christian can,not because of inferiority but how the rules are so clear in the Qur'an that It would only mean that you would break it.Do not get me wrong in the bible it does state that women are the weaker vessel,but not due to inferiority,it's due to the way we are more delicate and a man can withstand more,as traditional women we dont really have a "restriction" or certain requirements such as covering the hair ,our purpose was (still is ) to look after the house and husband ,cook,and advisably to pursue a career and most importantly be God fearing similar to the role of Islamic women. So in general,I don't think the DAILY,WESTERNISED AND MODERN FEMINIST CAN BE ACHIEVED BY A MODERN ISLAMIC WOMAN