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Muslim women concerned over growing antifeminist movement 

  • Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 14, 2019   /  08:33 am
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A relatively new campaign, which called itself the Indonesia Without Feminists movement, has recently been rolled out, promoting illiberal messages to challenge budding feminist thoughts in the predominantly Muslim nation. (Shutterstock/File)

The rise of a religiously conservative women’s movement has raised concerns among a few prominent Muslims who believe that feminist principles do not contradict Islamic values. A relatively new campaign, which called itself the Indonesia Without Feminists movement, has recently been rolled out, promoting illiberal messages to challenge budding feminist thoughts in the predominantly Muslim nation. The movement's members generally promote the belief that feminism is a Western ideal that is not compatible with Islamic values. Renowned feminist Muslims were quick to refute this notion, arguing that Islam is actually a "feminist religion" that endorses gender equality. Muslim intellectual and women’s rights activist Musdah Mulia explained in a discussion recently that Islam strongly promoted gender equality as Prophet Muhammad once fought for equal treatment...