Muslim women in higher education.Discuss the implications of Muslim women in higher education.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that there are many different approaches that can be taken with this topic.  As you are going to be engaging in stellar analysis of it, I think that these will become clearer and more evident.  In my mind, the implication of Muslim women in higher education boils down to how Islam and its current leaders will appropriate globalization and the drive for equality between the genders that is a part of the existing social dynamic.  I think that the current wave of protests around the Arab world is starting the process of discussing how transformation can happen on a political and social level.  It is going to be in this framework that there will be discourse on women in higher education, women in the workplace, and women asserting their voice in spiritual and cultural matters regarding Islam and their place within it.  I think that this movement has already started.  Consider the supportive words of noted Islamic feminist, Hedi Mhenni, on Tunisia's ban on the veil:

If today we accept the headscarf, tomorrow we'll accept that women's rights to work and vote and receive an education be banned and they'll be seen as just a tool for reproduction and housework.

It is here where I think that there will be change in terms of Muslim women entering higher education and spinning that off into greater social and spiritual equity.  Like so much regarding change, progressivism, and transformation in the Muslim world, many await how these apsirations will appear in concretized and specific forms.

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