I need to place a disclaimer. I am in no position to talk about women or gender roles. I’m not a women studies major or an educated feminist; I’m a computer engineering student. Worst of all, I’m a man.
Despite this disclaimer, I’m going to give it my best shot and address the Islamic perspective of women and leadership, and what I’m writing is open for discussion.
Both my mother and my grandmother are considered leaders and pioneers in Seattle’s Muslim community. My grandmother was one among several women who founded the first Islamic school in Seattle, which still runs to this day.
My mother was the vice-chair of the Seattle chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). She also established one of the first women’s photography studios in Saudi Arabia in addition to being a successful photojournalist, which is still a male-dominated field in most of the world. (MORE)