I found this really interesting site Muslim WakeUp! A progrssive Muslim blog that seeks to:
“celebrate cultural and spiritual diversity, tolerance, and understanding….
In all its activities, Muslim WakeUp! attempts to reflect a deep belief in justice and against all forms of oppression, bigotry, sexism, and racism.”
It’s really a great, witty religious blog that deals quite a bit with a woman’s role within religious Islam. They actually have a whole section of female sexuality and Islam called “Sex and the Umma“.
The lead article on the main page, however, was about Muslim women not being allowed to lead prayers due, in part to potential sexual arousal by men
What can I say? Like many of my Middle Eastern brothers, I have a lifetime subscription to Play Veil magazine. Miss January was absolutely gorgeous and even though I couldn’t see anything behind her veil, in some perverted way, she stirred my desires.
I can’t explain it. Only we Middle Eastern men are capable of looking at women who are covered under lumps of unforgiving black sheets and feel aroused. Heck, I sometimes look at drapes hanging from windows and get horny!
It made me chuckle. In any case, I couldn’t help but draw parellels between the issue of women in religious leadership roles which Muslim WakeUp! talks about often and the recent focus in the JPost about Orthodox Women Rabbis. Everything on Muslim WakeUp is written with a clear love of Allah, and a clear desire to not complain, but seek to move forward, well, it was refreshing in so many ways.
Unfortunately, the Hug-a-Jew article that brought me there seemed to be a broken link.