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Dr. Margo Badran, American professor of Islamic Culture at Northwestern University, interviewed the Mufti of Egypt on the position of women in Islam. The Mufti refuted western allegations in that respect.
Dr. Soad Saleh, comparative jurisprudence professor at the Azhar University, says that the Mufti of Egypt welcomes her demand to appoint a female mufti. She accepts women assuming presidency of the State but rejects that a woman be appointed as a grand imam of the Azhar
Dr. Soad Saleh, comparative jurisprudence professor at the Azhar University, demanded that an office be allocated to a female jurist at Dar Al-Ifta, so that women may present their inquiries to her and receive answers.
Jamāl al-Banna’s book Jawāz Imāmit al-Mar’a [the legality of women leading prayers] debates many issues, especially that of gender equality in Islam. He uses Dr. Amīna Wadoud leading men and women in prayers [in New York], as an example [for Muslim women].
The book Jawāz Imāmit al-Mar’a [the legality of women leading prayers], by Jamāl al-Banna, raises many questions for the reader.
When Dr. Amīna Wadoud designated herself as an Imām, leading the “American” Muslims who followed her, in a Friday prayer in New York, the Arabic and Islamic world flamed up with rage. The ulemas flared up and their appetites for issuing fatwas increased.
The women leading men in prayers; the odd interpretations of al-Nisā’ [Women] chapter of the Qur’ān, regarding the guardianship of the men over women; the desertion and the claim that God, god forbidden, is biasing for men because He is a male, all these controversies that have triggered uproar...
Considering the large number of female professors of fiqh [Islamic jurisprudence] and shari’a [Islamic law,] who actually practice ifta [fatwa-giving] on satellite channels, newspapers and magazines, isn’t it high time that the giving of fatwas by female jurists is done in an officially recognized...
Dr. Abdel-Mo´ti Bayoumi expressed the opinion that Muslims need to adopt a religious discourse that can reconcile them with the whole world. He added that all scholars have the right to give fatwas and even women can give fatwas.
In his book, Jawāz Imāmat al-Mar’a Lil Rijāl [permissibility of women leading men in prayers], Jamāl al-Bannā argues that it is religiously acceptable for women to lead men in prayers.


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