Commentary on the Politics, History and Culture of the Middle East and Central Asia, by Brian Ulrich
Sunday, March 20, 2005
Those of you who read A Dervish's Du'a have long followed the issue of women in Islam, and know about Amina Wadud, who just led Friday prayers for a mixed congregation in New York. Many Muslims, of course, are objecting to this as an innovation, just as happens in other religions when this issue is raised. Thanks to Praktike, however, I learn that Egypt's Mufti Shaykh Ali Gum'a finds nothing wrong with it. (The original report is here, though I'm too lazy to read it.)
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