Asra Nomani: “A Bad Girl of Islam”

Upcoming Documentary A Mosque in Morgantown

Upcoming Documentary A Mosque in Morgantown

The Washington Post’s “On Faith” blog recently posted video of a two-part conversation with Asra Nomani, journalist, Muslim activist, and feminist. She is also part of the upcoming documentary The Mosque In Morgantown about a Muslim community in West Virginia.

“On Faith” hosts the blog of another prominent Muslim-American voice, the founder of the Interfaith Youth Core Eboo Patel who is a regular contributor to the site. His entries can be found on “The Faith Divide.”

The interview with Nomani is part of a new series about faith, politics, and art entitled “Faith Complex.” The series is hosted by Professor Jacques Berlinerblau and produced by Professor Tom Banchoff of Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs. Upcoming guests will include proponent of secular Islam Abdullahi An-Naim, David Freedman of the Anti-Defamation League discussing Antisemitism and the Internet, and Father Thomas Reese discussing the Obama administration and the Catholic community.

Please feel free to leave your comments about Asra Nomani’s interview “A Bad Girl of Islam” or thoughts about the documentary A Mosque in Morgantown below. For more information on the documentary, click here and view the trailer or browse bonus footage online as well.

2 thoughts on “Asra Nomani: “A Bad Girl of Islam”

  1. While I am not surprised to hear Ms. Nomani’s misinformed and disoriented understanding of woman’s powerful position in Islam, I feel sorry for those non-Muslims who would take her words for granted, and think that she speaks for the emancipation of gender oppression in Islam. First of all, who said Hajar (Ibrahim’s legitimate wife) was a bad girl and had an “eternal” sin? Who makes this claim and when? Is this really what Islam thinks of Woman ? Or is this part of Ms. Nomani’s reformation of historicity and therefore the new interpretations of being a woman, as she claims in the interview.

    Islam has never denounced the creation of Man nor Woman, and in fact had praised the sacred and sanctified status of woman in different contexts. Mary the virgin, the wife of Pharaoh Asia, Moses’ mother and the prophet’s wife Aeisha are only some of the highly regarded females that were literally mentioned and glorified in the Quran for their unique character and personality. Did the Quran state that Hajar or any of these women had a “sin” because there were female and not male ?

    The other issue that we need to understand in this context is to differentiate between Islam (as explained in Quran and the Prophet’s teachings and narratives) and Islam under the predominance of “culture” in Islamic societies. A lot of social practices prevalent in the Islamic world today have nothing to do with Islam, and are completely based on cultural customs and beliefs that were indirectly introduced as part of the religion.