Islamic feminism is an active and vibrant movement that is the subject of inquiry not merely among academics and scholars but also among activists and bloggers on the internet. Blogging is an effective means of change and an important space where questions and concerns are raised that may not be done so elsewhere. The bloggers below engage with Islam and the Qur’an through their experiences with and reflections, interpretations, and re-interpretations of Qur’anic verses, hadiths, mainstream Muslim practice and thought; they challenge patriarchal interpretations that have historically harmed women or ignored women’s voices and experiences that are direct products of patriarchal interpretations of Islam. The Muslim feminist blogosphere is thus a world where readers are introduced to the perspectives of Muslim feminists whose voices are not always reflected in the academy. It is also where ordinary Muslim women (self-identified feminists or those covering questions of gender and sexuality in their blogs) discuss the ways in which conventional Islamic norms and guidelines about Islam and gender affect their daily lives.
Below is a list (in alphabetical order) of Muslim bloggers whose blogs I highly recommend to anyone interested in Islamic feminism or Muslim feminists’ reflections on gender-related issues in their personal lives, in their communities, or in the broader Muslim and non-Muslim world. The list is non-comprehensive, and I invite readers to share any others with me that have not been included here.
Muslim Feminist Blogs
Achelois (private blog -requires access)
AntiDogmaSpray (private blog -requires access)
Diary of a Muslim Feminist (private blog -requires access)
Life and Lima Beans (by Syahida)
Muslim Girl (“Muslim Women Talk Back!” an online magazine)
Sobia Ali Faisal (not necessarily centered on Islamic feminism; the blog offers critical perspectives on Muslim societies’/communities’ (including in the diaspora) on sex- and sexuality-related issues)