Editors & Authors


Ziba Mir-Hosseini is a legal anthropologist who has published books on Islamic family law in Iran and Morocco, Iranian clerical discourses on gender, Islamic reformist thinkers, and the revival of zina laws. She is a founding member and current board member of Musawah and leads the Knowledge Building Working Group.

Mulki Al-Sharmani is an associate professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, University of Helsinki, and a member of the Musawah Knowledge Building Working Group. Her research interests include Qurʾanic ethics and Islamic feminist exegesis; contemporary Muslim women’s engagements with the Qurʾan and Islamic interpretive tradition; Muslim family laws and gender in Islamic legal tradition; and modern diasporas and gender relations in the family domain, with a focus on transnational Muslim families.

Jana Rumminger is a legal researcher and writer whose scholarship and activism focus on human rights issues related to gender, race/ethnicity and religion. She has been involved with Musawah in a variety of roles since 2007 and as a member of the Knowledge Building Working Group since 2010.

Sarah Marsso is a feminist and anti-racism activist engaging with the Islamic tradition to promote gender equality in Muslim contexts. She coordinated the activities of Musawah’s Knowledge Building Working Group from 2015-21.

The Authors

The Qurʾan

Qurʾanic Ethics Of Marriage​

Omaima Abou-Bakr is a professor of English and comparative literature at Cairo University and a founding member of the Women and Memory Forum whose scholarly interests include mediaeval English and Arabic literature, women’s mysticism and female spirituality in Christianity and Islam, feminist theology, Muslim women’s history, and gender issues in Islamic discourse.

Asma Lamrabet is a haematologist at the Avicena Public Hospital in Rabat who has studied and published about women’s issues in Islam for many years, and has delivered lectures on this topic at various conferences around the world.

Mulki Al-Sharmani is an associate professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, University of Helsinki, who works on Qurʾanic ethics and Islamic feminist exegesis; Islamic feminism; Muslim family laws and gender in Islamic legal tradition; and modern diasporas and gender relations in the family domain.

Reading The Qurʾan Through Women’s Experiences

Nur Rofiah is a lecturer of methodology of Qurʾanic interpretation at the graduate and postgraduate levels at the Islamic State University Syarif Hidayatullah and at the Institute for Qurʾanic Studies (PTIQ) in Jakarta and a women’s rights activist who promotes gender justice within Islam as a writer, facilitator and resource person.

Iḥsān: A Mandate For Beauty And Goodness In Family Relations

Amira Abou-Taleb is currently a doctoral fellow in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Helsinki who holds an MA in Islamic studies from the American University in Cairo. Her work examines the interplay between reason, ethics and beauty, including through the concept of iḥsān in the Qurʾanic worldview

Lessons From The Prophet

Reclaiming Khadīja And Muhammad’s Marriage As An Islamic Paradigm: Towards A New History Of The Muslim Present

Shadaab Rahemtulla is a lecturer in Islam and Christian-Muslim relations at the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, and former assistant professor at the University of Jordan. His primary interest lies in how religion can be (re)interpreted as a liberating force to confront contexts of oppression, including patriarchy, empire, poverty and racism.

Sara Ababneh is a lecturer in international relations at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Sheffield, and former associate professor at the Center for Strategic Studies, University of Jordan. Her research interests include class, gender and struggles for liberation and change.

‘Your Wife Enjoys Rights Over You’ Or Does She? Marriage In The Hadith

Yasmin Amin is an Egyptian-German who received her PhD in Islamic stud-ies in 2021 from Exeter University’s Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies and MA in 2010 from American University in Cairo whoseresearch covers various aspects of gender issues, early Muslim society and culture as well as the original texts of Islamic history, law and Hadith.

Qirāʾa Mubādala: Reciprocal Reading Of Hadith On Marital Relationships

Faqihuddin Abdul Kodir teaches Hadith and legal injunction in the faculty of Islamic Law at Syekh Nurjati State Institute for Islamic Studies (IAIN), Cirebon, and the Fahmina Institute for Islamic Studies (ISIF). Heis one of the founders of the Fahmina Institute, an Indonesian NGO working on gender, democracy and pluralism from an Islamic perspective.

Rethinking Muslim Marriage Rulings Through Structural Ijtihād

Mohsen Kadivar is a Iranian theologian and a leading public intellectual who has been a research professor of Islamic studies at Duke University (Durham, NC, USA) since 2009. His interests span both classical and modern Islamic thought, with a special focus on Islamic philosophy and ethics, Shiʿi theology and jurisprudence, Qurʾanic studies, Shiʿi political thought and Islam and human rights.