After years of pressure from right wing politicians the Dutch House of Representatives, the most important legislative institution of The Netherlands, eventually moved forward with a bill that will incriminate civilians who cover their faces in order to "protect public safety".
While those in favor of the bill alledge that it is not in fact a ban on the niqaab or burka, it is very clear that this bill will predominatly limit and target women of faith in their expression of their religious identity.
Stop policing women’s bodies!
Welcome to another edition of Maruf Messages!
This edition's theme is Feministan!
Feministan is the universe where feminism en feminine are celebrated.
Sa'diyya Shaikh & Lana Sirri
19:30 - Opening
19:45 - Sa'diyya Shaikh "Rethinking Gender with Ibn Arabi"
20:45 - Pause
21:00 - Lana Sirri "Queer Muslim women in Berlin"
22:00 - Closure
Sa'diyya Shaikh - Rethinking Gender with Ibn Arabi: Feminist Friendships and Spiritual Refinement
Sa’diyya Shaikh is Associate Professor and Head of Department of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town. Her study of Islam began with an abiding interest in existential questions and their connections to issues of social justice – effectively, a curiosity about the relationship between the spirtual and the political. Her book Sufi Narratives of Intimacy: Ibn Arabi, Gender and Sexuality (UNC Press, 2012) was part of an ongoing journey of grappling with these formative concerns that still animate much of her work. This book presents a contemporary reading of the work of the 13th century Andalusian Sufi polymath Muhyi al-Din Ibn Arabi, to address questions of human purpose, the nature of reality, and the ethics of gender relationships. In 2013 the book was shortlisted for the American Academy of Religion Book Awards for Excellence in the category of Constructive-Reflective Studies; in 2015 it won the University of Cape Town Book Prize; and in 2016 it was longlisted for the Humanities Book Award of the Academy of Science of South Africa. Sa’diyya has also published research articles on gender-sensitive readings of hadith and Quran; theoretical debates on Islam and feminism, Sufism and Islamic Law, religion and gender-based violence; and empirical work on South African Muslim Women. In 2007, she co-edited (with Dan Maguire) and contributed to a book entitled Violence Against women in Contemporary World Religion: Roots and Cures (Pilgrim Press). Her current book project is focussed on “Gender Justice and Sufi Ethics.” Sa’diyya is married to Ashraf Kagee, a novelist and an academic, and enjoys their feisty and opinionated teenage daughter, Nuriyya, and gentle, funny younger son, Ismael.
Rethinking Gender with Ibn Arabi: Feminist Friendships and Spiritual Refinement
This presentation begins by reflecting on an Islamic feminist method and approach to the tradition. I then apply this approach to some ideas of an influential pre-modern Sufi thinker Muhyi al-Din Ibn Arabi (d.1240). In particular, my paper focuses on ways that mystical language and method provide a dynamic model to engage human nature and gender within the Muslim tradition. I argue that Ibn Arabi’s use of paradox, ambiguity and contradiction, demands the believer to engage with fluidity and enables spaces ripe for feminist reflections. I then draw some contemporary feminist theorists into conversation with Ibn Arabi’s gendered use of language, to explore the openings that he provides in our rethinking of gender. I argue that Ibn Arabi's mystical method often pushes the reader to the limits of a binary patriarchal logic, and invites us to think into a more generative space of tension – tensions that creatively interrupt fixed conceptions of gender, and instead encourages a more expansive and inclusive notions of human nature.
Lana Sirri - Queer Muslim women in Berlin
Maruf’s bestuurslid Gazi doet mee aan het debat over of Utrecht een Gay Paradise is. Dit debat is georganiseerd door het Midzomergracht Festival. Andere sprekers zijn Simon Timmerman, Fatima Aliyat, Sophie Schers.
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Pembe Hayat organized its annual iftar last Thursday, on 31 May 2018. Trans community, sex workers, LGBTI+ university students, Families of LGBTI+ people came together at iftar dinner in Ankara. Although the banning of LGBTI+ events in Ankara by Ankara Governorship continues, approximately 90 people attended the iftar dinner, upon Pembe Hayat's invitation. The iftar organization encouraged people and highlighted the solidarity among LGBTI+ community in Ankara. People also discussed about the upcoming General Elections and Presidential Election, and how to continue LGBTI+ fight for Equality and Justice in this process and afterwards. Ankara Rainbow Families Group's representatives encouraged trans youth and emphasized that they are not alone and they should not feel themselves without a family.
Source: Pembe Hayat LGBTT Solidarity Association
De Groene Amsterdammer organiseert in samenwerking met Pakhuis de Zwijger een groot debat over én met hervormingsfundamentalisten uit de gelijknamige populaire portrettenserie van Mounir Samuel; over hoe de islam in Nederland wordt bevraagd, hoe een nieuwe generatie moslims om gaat met (zelf)kritiek en tegelijk zelfbewust voor zichzelf een plek in de samenleving opeist. Maak je op voor een bruisend samenkomen van kritische denkers, recalcitrante rebellen en gepassioneerde gelovigen die de islam van binnenuit proberen te hervormen, scherp reflecteren op gemeenschap en de samenleving en bruggen weten te slaan daar waar velen slechts kloven zien.
300.000 Amsterdammers voelen zich geregeld eenzaam en 80.000 stadgenoten kampen met ernstige eenzaamheid. LHTBI’s hebben een verhoogde kans op eenzaamheid. Negatieve reacties op hun seksuele geaardheid en onveiligheid worden als mogelijke oorzaken genoemd. Ook het minder vaak hebben van vaste relaties of kinderen. Toch is er over de precieze aantallen en oorzaken van eenzaamheid onder deze doelgroep weinig bekend. Vanavond spreken we erover met wetenschappers, beleidsmakers en mensen uit de praktijk. Wat zijn de oorzaken en hoe kunnen we het verminderen?
Maruf facilitated a training of trainers for Turkish migrant organizations in the Netherlands. How can we, inside-out, talk about gender and sexual orientation, self-determination and human rights in our communities? What are our strengths and capacities? What do we need more in order to create better and safe enviroments for everyone?
Want to know more about this training and what we could do for your organization?
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Hollanda Büyükelçiliği, 17 Mayıs Uluslararası Homofobi, Bifobi ve Transfobi Karşıtı Gün’de Ankara’da panel ve resepsiyon düzenledi.
Elçiliğin rezidansında yapılan panelde Kaos GL’den Yıldız Tar, Hollanda Maruf’tan Gazi Duran ve Gökkuşağı Aileleri Grubu’ndan Birgül Han konuştu.
Yasaklar ve toplumsal dönüşüm
Ankara’daki süresiz “LGBTİ+ etkinlik yasağının” altıncı ayına girdiğini hatırlatan Tar, bu yasakla LGBTİ+’ların ifade ve örgütlenme özgürlüğü haklarının ihlal edildiğini söyledi. Tar, yasağın ayrımcı olduğunu ve LGBTİ+ları hedef gösterdiğini belirterek, “Bu yasak devam ettiği sürece Ankara’da yaşayan LGBTİ+lar her türlü nefret saldırısına açık hale getiriliyor” dedi. Yasağa karşı dayanışma ve ittifakların önemine değindi, “Toplumsal dönüşüm bir insanla sohbet etmekle başlar. O sohbetler büyüyüp bir dalga yaratır ve o dalga durdurulamaz” ifadelerini kullandı.
Tar sunumunun devamında Kaos GL’nin Medya İzleme Raporu’nu ve medyada nefret söylemi ve ayrımcılığı aktardı.
Medya İzleme Raporu’na ulaşmak için tıklayınız.
İnanç, cinsellik ve cinsiyet kimliği
Tar’ın ardından söz alan Gazi Duran, Maruf olarak Hollanda Müslüman LGBTİ+ların hakları için mücadele ettiklerini söyledi. Duran, hem Müslüman hem de LGBTİ+ kimliklerinden dolayı ayrımcılık ve önyargıyla karşılaştıklarını belirterek, “İnanç ve cinsel yönelim, cinsiyet kimliği birbirlerine zıtmış gibi bir algı var. Bu algıyı yıkmaya çalışıyoruz” dedi.
“Bir aileye ulaşmak…”
Son konuşmacı Birgül Han ise trans erkek olan çocuğunun kendilerine açılması ve bu süreçte yaşadıklarını anlattı. Uzunca süre çocuklarının cinsiyet kimliğini yok saydıklarını ancak başka ailelerle tanıştıkça cinsel yönelim ve cinsiyet kimliğine ilişkin bakışlarının değiştiğini söyledi. “Bir aileye ulaşmak, onların değişmesi hayatı değiştiriyor” dedi.
Yesterday Maruf also participated in the IDAHOBIT reception of the Dutch Embassy in Ankara and talked about the position and challanges of queer Muslims in West-Europe. This event was joined by local queer organisations, activists, parents of queer people and diplomats from different countries.
The rights of queer people in Turkey need to be urgently discussed, because due to some legal restrictions queer people in Ankara are taken away their basic rights to have social gatherings. This has huge effects on their safety and perspective for a better future.
On IDAHOBIT day, Maruf participated in a panel about Religion and LGBTI. This event was organized by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, joined by diplomats from 21 different countries.
We also presented our [JEFAD] concept, ‘an Universe’ where queer Muslims enjoy Justice, Equality, Freedom, Acceptance and Dignity.
Tonight, before the holy month of Ramadan starts, members of Maruf followed a workshop ‘Ramadan Planner, Practical and Spiritual Guide for queer Muslims’.
This is a special method developed by Maruf to give support and strength to queer Muslims wanting to gain knowledge about islam and Ramadan, but also to create a space where the conversations about obstacles, fears, doubts, emptiness, loneliness, guilt, shame, but also strengths of rituals, power of spirituality and extended families can be discussed.
How to grow spiritually, how to raise conciseness and how (more) to accept yourself?
We hope this method can reach other queer Muslims as well.
Maruf participated in a talk called ‘Religion and LGBTQ+ issues: Opposing or coexisting realities?' at International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague.
Pakistan passed a bill for the protection of the rights of transgender persons and will be signed into law
"Transgender Bill will protect our rights and dignity!"
The National Assembly on Tuesday passed a bill for the protection of rights of transgender persons, empowering them to determine their own gender identity. The ‘Transgender Persons Bill’ was passed in its original form as passed by the Senate. It will be signed into law by the President.
Mehlab Jameel & Maruf | May 8, 2018
“This is huge! The Bill was drafted with collective input from the community, trans activists and feminist allies. It's our collective victory. Laws can only go so far where marginalized communities are concerned, especially communities such as transgender people, who have been persecuted by the law. However, this Bill when it becomes Act will lead towards meaningful change allowing trans persons to live a better life!”, said Mehlab Jameel, Pakistani trans activist.
Mehlab Jameel added: “This was a special rights Bill accompanied by a criminal law amendment to protect rights of transgender people. We started working on this Bill some time last year and the Bill as it has been passed now was drafted by activists and policy experts under a taskforce. The Bill having been passed from the Senate and the National Assembly will be signed into law.”
What are some of the important features of the Bill?
It's a basic anti-discrimination legislation that sets the base for further civil rights work regarding transgender community in Pakistan. The Bill prohibits discrimination against transgender people and addresses fundamental rights, including, but not limited to:
In addition, the other main feature of the Bill is Legal Recognition for all transgender people, which the Bill defines as “a Transgender Man, Transgender Woman, KhawajaSira or any person whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from the social norms and cultural expectations based on the sex they were assigned at the time of their birth.” Legal recognition would include reforming policies regarding:
A long and exhausting fight
The Bill was originally presented by Senator Babar Awan of PPP. However, it drew intense criticism due to lack of feedback from the community and its controversial clauses. It was nearly a copy of the Bill presented in Indian Lok Sabha (which is being protested against by the communities in India). Later NCHR and UNDP presented an alternate draft but that did not gain traction with the community either.
Finally, a draft presented by local activists in collaboration with Feminist Collective was taken up in a National Task Force under Federal Ombudsman Office. Due to overwhelming support for this version, parliamentarians from four political parties presented this draft in the Senate. It was passed in March from Senate. And now it has been passed by National Assembly.
“We were invited to a "consultation" carried out by an NGO partnered with a state body to discuss the Bill and we could see how exclusionary the process of the Bill was. Only activists from a particular socio-cultural background were invited, and their feedback was not properly incorporated either. At this point, we decided to take up this Bill and actually reach out to our grassroots community to get their feedback on the Bill and make them aware of its implications. We ended up re-drafting the entire thing. With support from community activists in various cities, we presented this draft and brought a consensus of stakeholders over the next 8 or 9 months. During this process every single word of this Bill was debated over and over, and we argued our case with parliamentarians, legal and policy experts (including Chief Justice (r.) Raza Khan), representatives of various government departments and policymakers. This Bill went to different parliamentary committees as well as the Council of Islamic Ideology who after directly meeting with us and listening to our case supported us in the parliament. It was a collective effort,” Mehlab Jameel.
Many people worked on this Bill, but we will mention a few of them:
Activists who drafted and lobbied the Bill are Jannat Ali, Mehlab Jameel, Aisha Mughal, Mani AQ (from trans community), Sarah Suhail, Sabahat Rizvi, Nighat Dad, Saleha Rauf and Sonia Qadir (from The Feminist Collective) as well as allies such as Syeda Viquar Hashmi and Nadeem Omar Tarrar. Parliamentarians, particularly, Farhatullah Babar and Rubina Khalid were the driving force behind this Bill.
Mahleb Jameel is part of the team that drafted and presented the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill 2017 with support of the community from all over Pakistan and since then they have been working at various levels to push for passing of this Bill along with their comrades.
On March 20th 2018, students and other interested people came together in an overcrowded room at Leiden University’s Law Faculty. Here, Dino Suhonic, Director of Maruf (platform for Dutch Queer Muslims), gave a lecture about the relation between Muslims and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community, both in Muslim majority countries as in Muslim minority countries. The lecture was organized by Leiden University Pride (LUP) and Amnesty International Nederland Student Group Leiden.
Our director among 5 other “heroes that are committed to wellbeing of the LGBTI*-community”.
Photo: Oof Verschuren
Winq Magazine, March 2018
Location: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Painting: ‘De bedreigde zwaan’ (1650), by Jan Asselijn (1610 - 1652)
Our board member Gazi Duran about his coming out and being queer Muslim.
‘Als zelf-bevrijde queer moslim ben je een mooie exotische fantasie tot je kritiek op het Westen uit’
Ze zijn een geolied stel, de Bosnisch-Nederlandse Dino Suhonic (33) en Marokkaans-Nederlandse Dounia Jari (31). Goedlachs. Assertief. Snel. Vloeiend elkaars zinnen afmakend.
Begin december vierde Stichting Maruf haar vijfjarig lustrum. De organisatie noemt zichzelf ‘het internationale platform voor queer moslims’. Met een breed scala van lokale evenementen, trainingen en internationale activiteiten timmert de organisatie gestaag aan de weg. De organisatie vormt een vitale life-line voor veel (jonge) LHBTIQ’ers van islamitische afkomst. Ondertussen groeit echter ook de erkenning van buitenaf. Zo won de organisatie afgelopen week het Roze Lieverdje 2018, een prijs voor een persoon of organisatie die zich bijzonder heeft ingezet voor de emancipatie van LHBTIQ’ers in Amsterdam...
Stichting Maruf is de winnaar van het Roze Lieverdje 2018, een prijs voor een persoon of organisatie die zich bijzonder heeft ingezet voor de emancipatie van lhbt's in de stad.
Het platform biedt onder andere een veilige ontmoetingsplek voor lhbt-moslims. GroenLinks Amsterdam rijkt de prijs tweejaarlijks uit.
Het platform heeft de prijs, volgens de jury gewonnen omdat oprichters Dounia Jari en Dino Suhonic deze specifieke groep Amsterdammers, die vaak kampen met discriminatie, helpen zichzelf te accepteren en meer zelfvertrouwen te krijgen.
Amersfoorter Gazi Duran - een vrolijke, welbespraakte Turkse Nederlander - is sinds een jaar bestuurslid van stichting Maruf, een internationale organisatie die opkomt voor de acceptatie van LHBTI-moslimjongeren. Vanwege zijn inspanningen kreeg hij de Derk Koetje Award.
De Nieuwe Maan - Deze week staat Amsterdam in het teken van 'Pride 2017' met als hoogtepunt vandaag de 'Canal Parade'
Deze week staat Amsterdam in het teken van 'Pride 2017' met als hoogtepunt vandaag de 'Canal Parade'. Wat gaat er goed en wat kan beter als we kijken naar de LHBTI rechten en de gemeenschap? Dit vroegen we aan Gay Pride ambassadeur Souad Boumedien, Gazi Duran van Stichting Maruf en Nassiri Belaraj van Pink Marrakech.
Moslim en gay: is dat oké? Dounia spreekt hierover met Mo en Gregory. Simpel en krachtig. In een notendop waarover wij ons in basis mee bezig houden.