Topic: Women in the Islamic world

Muslim woman in a Sufi shrine: The role of female scholars in the transmission of traditional knowledge in Islam has long been underestimated (photo: Imago/Saqib Majeed)

Female scholars in Islam

Unsung guardians of the 'true' tradition

Umm Sameh peforms the music and dance ritual known as "zar", traditionally performed to ward off or exorcise jinn or evil spirits (photo: Khaled DESOUKI/AFP)

Egypt

Ancient 'zar' ritual puts exorcism on stage

Scene from the #HelpSaira storyline (screenshot: https://sairaneedshelp.web.app)

Menstruation in Pakistan

What every girl should know

Pakistan rapper Eva B (photo: Asif Hassan/AFP)

Behind the veil

The double life of Pakistan rapper Eva B

In 2020, these Kuwaiti activists founded the first and only platform for women parliamentary candidates – "Mudhawi's List" (photo: Mulhawi's List)

Gulf region

Women’s empowerment not all it seems

Event held during the 2020 Global Entrepreneurship Week at Business Incubator Block One, Yemen (photo: Rowad Foundation)

Women entrepreneurs in Yemen

The fight to secure capital

Photojournalist Masrat Zahra (photo: Elisa Rheinheimer)

Kashmir conflict

"An entire people is traumatised"

A man assembles pages together to be glued into a volume at a workshop for restoring copies of the Holy Koran, Islam's holy book -- an increasingly popular practice as the price of new Korans goes up in Libya (photo: Mahmud Turkia/AFP)

Preserving the Word of Allah

Libyan artisans restore old Korans for Ramadan

Still from the film "Melting Dreams" by Haidy Kancler (source; Thessaloniki Film Festival Press)

Afghanistan documentary "Melting Dreams"

A tale of Afghan-European failure

Iranian men exercising in a zurkhaneh, or "house of strength", in Shiraz (photo: Marian Brehmer)

Iran's zurkhaneh bodybuilders

Praying in the house of strength

 In the 20 years since the Taliban last held power in Afghanistan, a generation of women -- largely in major cities -- became business owners, studied PHDs, and held government positions, now they are battling for their rights (photo: Rouba EL HUSSEINI/AFP)

Afghan women defy the Taliban

"My heart and body shake"

Symbolic image of girls and education in Afghanistan (photo: Majid Saeed/Getty Images)

Taliban Afghanistan

Afghan girls attend "secret school"

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