News briefs for week of July 20, 2009

This week, an Islamic response to sex education for 5 year olds, the differences between honor killings and domestic violence, and what the price of oil has to do with the oppression of women.
On Saturday, Jordanian Minister of Culture, Sabri Rbeihat, spoke out against misinterpretations of the Qur’an and hadith used to oppress women at the two-day forum, ”Women’s Status in Islamic Communities and Challenges of our Time,” held under the patronage of Prince Ghazi.

Yusuf Patel, founder of SREIslamic, has held numerous workshops across England and provided a platform for parents opposed to the government’s consideration of extending Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) to five-year-olds.

The June 30th deaths of a Muslim woman and her three daughters in Ontario, Canada, sparked discussions on the need to distinguish between cases of honor killings and domestic violence. Experts in the field highlight Planning, Family Complicity, and Stigma as chief distinguishing characteristics.

Raymond J. Learsy, scholar and author of “Over a Barrel: Breaking Oil’s Grip on Our Future,” explains what is, according to him, a strong relationship between the price of oil and the oppression women in the Islamic world.
Shazia Riaz is Associate Editor of Altmuslimah

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