Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. But old wives’ tale to the contrary, women have suffered across religions, including, but not limited to, Islam. That is why we have Islamic feminism. And across the world and through India, the “winnowing winds” of Islamic feminism are indeed blowing. Read more

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Having worked through the top echelons of the Indian government and after biting my nails for three months, the government finally acceded to my request for an interview with Ajmal Amir Kasab, the terrorist captured alive during 26/11. The meeting came barely days before his trial was to have begun. Read more

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Is it true that sex is considered a right in Islam?

Muslim women have a right to sex. She can seek divorce on the grounds of sexual displeasure or impotence. Cooking and household chores are not considered binding duties. Making herself available for sex (to her husband), however, is considered a duty of a married woman. Read more

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In the hurly-burly of reactions to the hate speeches attributed to BJP leader Varun Gandhi, something has been missing: the return fire. So far, reactionary Muslim leaders have been far more restrained than is usually seen of them. To me, this silence is golden. To me, this is good news that nobody flashed, for only bad news is good news for the media that milk discords. Read more

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