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including the imperative of implementation was illustrated by the combination of scholars and activists on the panels and in the audience. The lively engagement of the audience signaled the wider outreach that conferences can achieve.
Although I followed events closely I did not attend the first Barcelona conference but participated in the next two in 2006 and 2008. (A fourth conference is scheduled for
October 2010 in Madrid) The focus of the second conference was on the shar‘iah
and the reform of family laws steeped in patriarchal readings of Islam. The third conference focused on Muslim women and globalization. It examined the double oppression of women ensuing from economic neglect or exploitation and from religious fundamentalism. The conference also examined relationships between Islamic feminism and other feminisms, affirming that broader feminist alliances are necessary to reach goals. It also affirmed the importance of maintaining specificity within diversity. The openness set by the Barcelona conferences should not be underestimated especially in light of the more current trends toward exclusivity being manifested from within the circles of Islamic feminism. In 2006, the same year the first Barcelona conference convened, the French association, Islam et Laicite with
UNESCO sponsored an international colloquium asking
, What is Islamic Feminism
Many remarked that this conference was significant for providing a public space,
seldom available in France for Muslims to speak out for themselves on questions relating to women, gender, and Islam. One of the intended goals was to enlighten the wider public fed on negative stories of Islam and Muslims, especially relating to women.
In 2009 the Malaysian Sisters in Islam in Kuala Lumpur hosted the Global
Conference for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family gathering a massive number of scholars and activists from around the world. The purpose of this conference was to launch the Musawah (equality) movement which focuses on the reform of fiqh
-backed family laws. It pointed to the progress made in Morocco with the 2005 revision of theShare with your friends: