wood turtle is about sharing experiences in Islamic and Muslim feminism(s), modern motherhood and just about anything else that’s on my mind or in the news.
I’m a believing Muslim, a woman and a feminist. This means that I believe in the tenants of Islam, I am concerned with issues affecting women and people in relation to my religion, world culture and in general — and I believe that much of religion has been interpreted, written, commanded, used, abused, and seen through the male lens.
Feminism is an intrinsic part of Islam as much as patriarchy. Islam teaches equality, but it was revealed to pagan Arabs in “a language they would understand.” That language was predominantly male-centric, and has since been used by men (and women) to help promote patriarchy and oppressive realities. Which is why I also believe that it is necessary to have continued feminist readings and interpretations of the Qur’an.
A Muslim Feminist should not be an oxymoron. So this blog is also about dispelling myths and stereotypes from both sides.