Daisy Khan is a Muslim campaigner and reformer who is the Executive Director of the Women’s Islamic Initiative for Spirituality and Equality (WISE), a women-led organization committed to peacebuilding, equality, and justice for Muslims around the world. Khan is a frequent media commentator on topics such as Muslim women’s rights, Islam in America, Islamophobia, and violent extremism. Khan’s memoir Born With Wings will be published in April 2018 by Random House. In this episode, Daisy Kahn discusses how she is bridging the different between Islamic faith and other religions by created deepened conversation and relationship between religious faiths. Giving a voice to American Muslims to tell their our story and delinking the misconceptions of the Islamic Faith.
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In this episode, we discuss:
- How WISE (Women’s Islamic Initiative for Spirituality and Equality) is preparing women across the globe to promote social justice.
- The advantages and challenges that Muslim women face.
- Understanding that women’s right are human rights.
- How can other religions and cultures co-exist together.
- How the press and media obstructs the perspectives of religious cultures.
- Delinking the misconceptions of the Islamic Faith.
Top 3 takeaways from this week’s episode:
1. “Women’s Islamic Initiative for Spirituality and Equality”
Daisy Kahn’s organization WISE, is doing immense work in the community to help give Muslim women a voice. WISE takes the stance that patriarchal culture, not Islam, takes away women’s rights and helps Muslims feel that they do not have to choose between their religion and their rights.
2 . “Women’s Right Are Human Rights”
Daisy discusses the importance of women educating themselves and reading more. Education is a right in Islam, but women have been denied that right because people with outdated attitudes have come along with the expectation that women should be mothers or caretakers. This is fine, but that doesn’t mean that women can’t have an education, have a career, and do both. Daisy is fighting for women’s rights to have an education and to have an opportunity to become a world leader.
3. “Understanding Others”
How can other religions and cultures co-exist together? Daisy discusses her passion to bridge the difference between different religions and cultures. People are not exposed to different religious views, Daisy’s goal is to change our perspective to promote partnership within the interfaith community. We cannot focus on the media’s viewpoint of religious cultures, but we need to develop an actual conversation with people within that community to have a better understanding of others.
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