Advancing theological and scientific literacy for today’s ʿulamāʾ
While the early feminist movement did make major strides in the political, economic, and social opportunities available to some women, a closer look reveals which women were prioritized, often at the expense of others. Indeed, the feminist movement in the United States held racially segregated marches and at times employed white supremacist arguments. At international gatherings, feminists from the Global North prioritized family planning and culturally-limited notions of female agency over the more pressing needs of their sisters in the Global South. In these cases, “women” was really read to mean the “unmarked” white women, or Global North women.
What two dynamics of oppression made Black women in the United States have to wait over 45 more years than white women to gain the unimpeded right to vote?
Crenshaw describes a dynamic in which efforts to improve the well-being of a group (in this case, women) ignore, or even victimize, a sub-group that is further marginalized because of another identity hierarchy (here, women who are also Black). Do you see similar dynamics in your community?
What would it mean, in your case, to start with the needs of the most marginalized sub-group?
The Madrasa Discourses project proposes that a conciliation of traditional Islamic thought with contemporary scientific and philosophical worldviews can result in orthodox affirmations of human dignity essential for peaceful coexistence in a pluralistic world.