Ex-Hijabis Reflect on Decision to Remove Veil

“I used to think that wearing a scarf on my head was my highway ticket to paradise,” says one woman. But then she found it weighing her down with role-model pressures. For Ramadan, she and two others reflect on a personal nexus of culture and religion.

Mosques Relegate Women’s Prayers to the Basement

A social media project launched last year asks Muslims to compare the space their mosques offer women and men. Its founder says that every mosque she’s visited in the United States, Canada and Europe has a side or back entrance for women.

In Iran, Keep Your Eye on Jump in Female Literacy

The Islamization of society in Iran may have been designed to resurrect the image of the time-honored Muslim woman. But the single-sex schooling it brought about shows signs of enormous success and may have had an opposite and hugely empowering effect.

Saudi Male Guardianship Protest Sent to Committee

“I want to feel like I am a Saudi citizen, now I just feel like I am a follower of a man,” says a Saudi woman who sympathizes with the petition to abolish male guardianship. Two female members of the Shura Council told a signatory that the petition has been sent to a human rights committee.