Comments on the Minaret of
Freedom Institute Workshop on
"Gender Equity and Gender Equality:
Lessons from Muslim Experience"
good workshop. Very helpful
information re: different interpretations of Islamic law and also the
unfortunate collision with Western secular law."
"I really enjoyed the panel. Very informative and well thought-out. I
inspired to learn more about Islam. Thank you."
"I enjoyed the informative nature of the workshop, especially as it
many of the common 'myths' about Islam (regarding Gender Equality)
the West. I would have appreciated more country specific information
Iran or Saudi Arabia) and perhaps more detailed ias the information was
basic. (I do appreciate there are time constraints. Perhaps a series of
lectures [including] a 2nd more in depth lecture [could be arranged]."
"If it is possible to have a power point presentation, it would benefit
those of us who are unfamiliar with Islam. More women panelists from
Muslim countries to share experiences."
"What is the data source? The presentation was more about Islamic laws
than the equality and equity regarding gender, but [it was] an
"I think the discussion would prove to be more useful if you focus on
topic and draw the relationships between the law [and the] examples you
and the topic of teh day."
"Very well-explained; good speakers; [I] liked the conversation format
the end. There was a slight overlap of information by both
new info. Thank you for the enlightenment. Keep info about
not too focused on Bangladesh.":
"U.N. Vienna Human Rights Conference 1993 religious causus concluded
religion should be evaluated on whether it advances human rights."
"Thank you fo rthis time together. There is so much need for
women's voices to be heard; please have all feamle presenters.
appreciated what Dr. Ahmad (Imad) had to say but we women need to speak
hear from women. The discussion period was the most valuable part.
Ahmad, when you spoke your voice, not from prepared text but
form your heart,
you were so powerful--and it was very interesting. Hearing from women,
including Muslim women around the world was an invaluable opportunity."
"(1) Congratulations for the simple yet clear explanation of the issues
concern. Thanks Dr. Ahmad for the simple analogy. (2) We need to do a
this kind of discourse and engagement to allow non-Muslims to clear out
doubts. (3) As much as only a woman knows the real situation, it is
important for men of understanding to speak out with the same rhythm
Keep up the good work. Let us all do our part."
"Thank you for your presentation on Equity Issues in some Islamic
and how things are changing, especially with regard to jurisdiction and
interpretation of laws re: families, marriage, divorce, etc. I
learning of the spiritual and scriptural foundations of the equitable
of women and men. Another revelation is the extent to which 18th
European colonial law still "bends" and distorts the laws in
to women in Islamic nations. We still have so far to go to achieve
the colonial mindset in the United States. We have no constitutional
of women's equity, for example. Women in developing nations are showing
"Thank you infinitely for this rich morning helping us to understand
better the situation of our sisters and try to be more useful every