Democracy not Bombs: Meet the progressive Muslim women and girls who show us what courage is. They are the true face of Islam and the fight against political “religious” extremists.”

Meet the Progressive Muslim Activists fighting for Justice and Standing Up to Politicized Extremists: Pushing Conservative Oppression Off the Stage

In the face of oppression, the arts are only one way of standing up against extremism in the name of God.


Women are stepping into battle against ISIS/Daesh, putting their lives on the line to protect their countries and their rights.

A dynamic telling of the story of Malala Yousafzai, a New York Times feature updating the reality of the Taliban destruction of girl’s schools, and activism against the iron fist of the Taliban in the Swat Valley, her home in Pakistan.

More Resources

WISE: Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (Here I link to their “Timeline of Contemporary Muslim Women Activism.)

For current issues, click here.

More from Leadership Spirit:

Muslim Activism in the wake of the Orlando Shootings

Many Malalas: Muzoon Almellehan, Syrian Activist for Girl’s Education

Malala Yousafzai

As with every other religion, the communities and beliefs in Islam are varied, and fundamentalists do not speak for the majority. It is up to us as leaders in our communities to resist the xenophobia and hatred for a whole faith in the name of fear and power. Divide and conquer strategies encourage terrorism, because we begin to think like extremists, and lose track of what is real.



One comment

  1. […] also joined the chorus of voices calling for Aung San Suu Kyi to speak out against the violence. Yousafzai said, “Over the last several years, I have repeatedly condemned this tragic and shameful […]


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