A Tale of Muslim Women Sparking Political Change

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A Tale of Muslim Women Sparking Political Change

Historically, the Muslimah played the role of protagonist in more than one screenplay of political change. Whether in 18th century Nigeria with the rise of Nana Asma'u, or during the 16th and 17th century of Ottoman rule with the Sultanate of Women era, the muslimah was a vessel of change and an exemplary steward of a faith rapidly growing.

One need not veer far off in the scape of human history to find Muslim women transcending the oft male-dominated world of politics. Take Fatima Ibrahim: the first women elected to the Sudanese Parliament in Sudan, and all of Africa, in 1965. As a member of the Sudanese Communist Party, Ibrahim led the first Sudanese Women's Union and wrote extensively throughout her lifetime. Ibrahim is not alone.

(Read article at: Huffington Post)