Samina Ali takes a swipe at clerics. We don’t necessarily agree to all her interpretations, but her talk gives an insight how the Islamic clerics encourage their audience to indulge in cruelty.
In recent times, the resurgence of the hijab along with various countries’ enforcement of it has led many to believe that Muslim women are required by their faith to wear the hijab. So what does “hijab” actually mean, if not the veil, and how have fundamentalists conflated the term to deny women their rights?
Samina Ali is an award-winning author, activist and cultural commentator. Her debut novel, Madras on Rainy Days, won France’s prestigious Prix Premier Roman Etranger Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award in Fiction. Ali’s work is driven by her belief in personal narrative as a force for achieving women’s individual and political freedom and in harnessing the power of media for social transformation. She is the curator of the groundbreaking, critically acclaimed virtual exhibition, Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art & Voices.