PrEid Edition: Feministan
30 juni 2018
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.
Sa'diyya Shaikh and Lana Sirri
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#4 - Sexual and Mental Health of (Queer) People of Color and/or faith
18 april 2018
We worden steeds meer (seksueel) geëmancipeerd. In een wereld waarin datingsapps en internet onze communicatie domineren, zie we ook dat intimiteit toegankelijker en makkelijker wordt. Jongeren krijgen eerder toegang hiertoe en doordat ze nog niet altijd de consequenties kunnen inschatten, kan dit tot hele vervelende situaties leiden.
Anderen kunnen gemakkelijk misbruik maken van hun kwetsbare positie, daarom vinden we het belangrijk om over de seksuele en mentale gezondheid van (queer) mensen van kleur en/of geloof te praten.
Sunny Parag, Manju Reijmer, Nour Anne Abdullah, Ilias Hader, Jamila Faloun, Ayda
#3 - Gendered Islamophobia
9 maart 2018
This time we will talk about Gendered Islamophobia.
Post 9/11, most western nations have seen dramatic increases in bias motivated violence against Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim. Predicated on the long-lived vilification of Muslims by the media and the state, such violence is a reactionary reminder of Muslims' outsider status.
Interestingly, little attention has been paid to the particular vulnerability of women, trans women and gender non-binaries/non-conforming to anti-Muslim hate crime.
Last year we started this dialogue and it has to happen all over again.
Fatima Elatik, Esma Alariachi, Ibtissam Abaâziz,
Arzu Aslan, Samira Fikri and Dounia Jari
#2 - Anti-Black Racism in Muslim Communities
9 februari 2018
Racism in the Islam is prohibited and Allah has created all of the humans equal. The notion of the radical equality from the Quranic perspective and Muslim traditions oblige Muslims around the world not to exclude and discriminate based on one’s race(?)/ethnicity(?).
However, lived experiences in Muslim majority countries, as well in Muslim diasporas around the world show that there are still a lot of prejudices and racism towards black Muslims; the matter of ‘citizenship’, cheap labor, modern-day slavery*, in holy places such as the mosque.**
The second edition of Maruf Messages shall host a panel that will elaborate on such experiences. We will look at what the Islam says about racism and what are the realities we deal with.
Aminanta, Rosalinda Wijks, Mariam El Maslouhi and Abdi Suleiman.