American Muslim Women Take on More Leadership Roles

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Female Muslims in America have achieved levels of success and prestige unmatched elsewhere in the world, according to a story by our partner, The New York Times, on the growing presence of Muslim women in America. Muslim women's roles have become more and more prominent since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Will America's political environment allow for Muslim women to be leaders for their faith?

We talk with Asra Nomani, a Muslim journalist, activist and feminist, about the opportunities afforded to Muslim women in the U.S. that are difficult to match in other parts of the world. But while Nomani has achieved professional success, she explains that the biggest gender hurdles left to overcome are within her Muslim community, and at her local mosque, where she is leading a protest to allow women to pray side-by-side with men.

We also speak with Hussein Rashid, professor of religion at Hofstra University and associate editor at Religion Dispatches magazine.