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Debunked! 5 Myths About Muslim Women

Is Islam misogynistic? Does shariah give women rights? Explore 5 common myths about Muslim women and gain a better understanding about the status of women in Islam.

Concerns are often raised about the status of women in Islamic law. Often, misrepresentations and misconceptions about how women are treated by sharīʿah are used to advance the notion that Islam is misogynistic. This infographic serves as a primer in examining five common misrepresentations of Islamic law as it relates to women, focusing on domestic abuse, divorce, legal testimony, inheritance law, and polygamy.

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Myths About Women in Islam


Dr. Nazir Khan

Director of Research Strategy | Dr. Nazir Khan MD FRCPC ​is the President of Yaqeen Canada and the Director of Research Strategy at Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research. He is a Neuroradiologist and Assistant Professor at McMaster University. He has also served as an Imam for many years and has memorized the Qur’an and received traditional certification (​ijāzah​) in the study of the Qur’an, Ḥadith and Islamic theology (ʿ​aqīdah​) from various scholars across North America. He has taught Qur’anic studies classes, workshops, and seminars and is a consultant for the Manitoba Islamic Association Fiqh Committee. Dr. Khan completed his residency at the University of Manitoba and fellowship in Diagnostic Neuroradiology at the University of Calgary. His expertise in both medical sciences and Islamic theology uniquely positions him to address challenging contemporary questions regarding faith, reason, and science.

Dr. Tesneem Alkiek

Dr. Tesneem Alkiek

Fellow, Director of Expanded Learning | Tesneem is the Director of Expanded Learning and a Fellow at Yaqeen Institute. She has a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies with a focus on the development of Islamic law from Georgetown University. She completed her undergraduate degree in Early Christianity and Islamic Studies at the University of Michigan.


Safiah Chowdhury

Fellow | Safiah has a BA(H) in Political Studies & Global Development Studies from Queen’s University. MPhil in Islamic Studies & History from the University of Oxford. She has held leadership positions in various Muslim organizations and has appeared in a number of print, radio, and television media. Safiah currently works in social policy, research, and development with a focus on poverty reduction.