The Shura Council is generating a space in which Muslim women can actively dialogue and collaborate on pressing issues of social justice, in order to articulate an ethical and egalitarian Islam. Comprised of Muslim women scholars and activists, the Council aims to promote equality for Muslim women by conducting research, providing Islamic positions on relevant issues, and disseminating this information to the media and WISE network. Operating under the framework of justice, the WISE Shura Council is creating a crucial space for scholarship and activism that contributes to Muslim women’s struggle for justice and a broad vision of acting in public spaces.
Drawing upon its members’ expertise in both Islamic jurisprudence and fields like history, political science, theology, sociology and the arts, the Council will issue informed and religiously-grounded opinions on controversial issues of particular relevance to Muslim women in their personal, familial and societal lives. By advocating a constructive conception of women’s status, rights and responsibilities, these opinions will function as legitimate alternatives to oppressive religious arguments. Thus, the Council is providing members of the WISE community, as well as Muslims and non-Muslims worldwide, with comprehensive information and vital analysis from Islamic law and other fields of scholarship, in addition to proposing strategies for affecting positive and sound change.
To generate a space in which Muslim women actively dialogue, debate, and collaborate on pressing issues of social justice, in order to articulate an ethical and egalitarian Islam.
To serve as a global and inclusive council of Muslim women scholars, activists, and specialists that will:
Engage with issues of social injustice against Muslim women through critical review and interpretations of legal and religious texts and practices
Disseminate these interpretations around the world and, in doing so, re-establish women’s authority in religious discourse
As supported by the pluralism inherent in Islam, to enable women to make dignified and autonomous choices
Develop a variety of training programs, both short-term intensive and long-term, in order to equip women with expertise in the Islamic legal and ethical traditions.
Educate women and men, Muslim and non-Muslim, on the principles of gender equality and social, economic, and political justice in Islam
Challenge unjust interpretations of the law and Islam’s primary texts by offering analyses that are simultaneously faithful to Islamic jurisprudence and a vision of women’s empowerment.
Employ extensive expertise in the Islamic legal traditions, humanities and social sciences, and local contexts, in order to connect and apply the Islamic legal traditions to the most pressing issues facing Muslim women today and develop strategies for creating constructive social change.
Promote Council positions and members’ scholarship through the global media.