Australians today are in shock that two boys who were in the local public schools only a few years ago, could today be engaged in some of the most barbarous actions of the modern century. We tend to think that Boko Haram, the Lords Army, Al Qaeda and its off-shoots all exist in another country with intractable problems that we have no connection to. Unfortunately that is not the case anymore.
This is a great article which was published on Muslim Village recently. The link is here
Enjoy the read:Muslim women are steeped in stubborn stereotypes as meek, oppressed and in need of rescue. Recurring images beamed into our homes and phones from abroad of Muslim women being denied access to education, the ability to drive or even the right to cast a vote or run for political office only serve to reinforce such widely held misconceptions; examples of empowered Muslim women (particularly those donning the hijab) living here or overseas seldom enjoy the same quality air time. As such, our views remain skewed on the subject.
Further, such pervasive generalizations about Islam’s inherent oppression of Muslim women are not only offensive but ultimately
Silma Ihram is an educator, trainer, former School Principal and aspiring writer.
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