ISBN 9789970929009
Pages 102
Dimensions 297 x 210 mm
Illustrations Colour Illustrations and Colour Photographs
Published 2015
Publisher The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA),
Format Paperback

SIHA Journal: Women in Islam (Issue Two)


Women in Islam explores the complexities of gender relations in Muslim communities in the Horn of Africa and beyond, engaging critically with the social, political and cultural challenges associated with the intersection of Islam and gender. With an eclectic selection of essays, academic papers, opinion pieces and personal narratives punctuated with poetry and art, the journal seeks to spark creative and forward-looking discussions on how to effectively improve the status of women in Muslim societies. Women in Islam is published annually by SIHA, the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa.

Issue Two of Women in Islam includes investigations of social issues, profiles of inspiring women, book and film reviews, poetry, and opinion pieces. The theme of the dossier, ‘The Female Body: A Contested Land’, focuses on women’s bodies, including articles on FGM, sexual harassment, and how art can challenge repressive social norms.  Another section focuses on masculinity and the ways men can support women in the struggle for equality. Other highlights include profiles of Somali singer and politician Saado Ali Warsame, an analysis of Sudan’s discriminatory legal system, and a portrait of a Muslim society in Sumatra where religion and matriarchal traditions coexist.

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Women in Islam is published annually by the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA), a women's rights network that works on issues of equality and social justice across the region.