America Abroad: Understanding Islamic Feminism

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Airs Friday, January 8 at 11pm on AM 820

Women around the world are striving for full gender equality in how they speak, work, and pray. But feminism takes on new meaning when viewed through the lens of Islam.

In this special from America Abroad, travel the world to examine the meaning of Islamic feminism and meet with women activists who are working for change. Visit Egypt, where one of the world’s most influential centers of Islamic study is squaring its teachings with the changing status of women. In Morocco, recent changes at a courthouse examining Muslim family law are making it easier for women to divorce, inherit property, and gain custody of their children. In France, a look at how extreme secularism may be protecting or persecuting Muslim populations. And in the United States, visit the country’s first all-female mosque, and learn how one progressive Muslim feminist is expressing herself and her religion in a surprising way — with comedy.​