It is often difficult to discuss women’s rights without having to debate the concept of equality as seen from a Western perspective, which is that both genders should ultimately have an equal access to goods and services. Even though the concept of equal access is also present in our Islamic tradition, the core concept that is strongly meaningful is that of equity. Equity takes into consideration the built-in structure of each gender and gives it its potential access to good based on it.
This topic gives rise to many questions, especially within the gray area between equality and equity and the limits of each.
To discuss these topics and dig dipper in what each tradition presents, please join us for a panel discussion and dinner on Wednesday, April 11th. We will be honored to have Sister J. Samia Mair and Sister W.B Abdullah.
Sister J. Samia Mair is the author of six children’s books focusing on Islamic themes, the most recent Zak and His Little Lies (2018), a sequel to Zak and His Good Intentions. She is also working on a sequel to The Great Race to Sycamore Street, a chapter book, as well as a historical novel for teens and young adults. She has written hundreds of articles, short stories, poems, and more for Islamic magazines, books, anthologies, scientific journals, newspapers, and elsewhere.
Sister W.B Abdullah is an art-educator-freelancer-writer and Editorial Associate for Daybreak Press who’s currently pursuing a degree with the Ribat academic program, a women’s online college dedicated to female scholarship. Sister W.B Abdullah is most known for her spiritual travelogue-themed blog, The Sandal, as well as her former book reviews and articles in magazines such as Azizah and Discover. She has several literary works percolating in her head and is working on manifesting several of them in the publishing world this year In Sha Allah.