New Islamic Directions

By Imam Zaid Shakir

VIDEO of Imam Zaid Shakir’s interview on Bill Moyers Journal

Posted in news by asifa on 2007-06-24

Here is the link to the full streaming video of the interview:
Link to Video

More video footage of the Muslim Women who were interviewed:

The treatment of women under some Islamic systems is among the most contentious of issues faced by American Muslims today.
In May 2007, the Pew Research Center released a study of the growing population of American Muslims, “Muslim Americans: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream” which gauged attitudes toward the issue. Of those surveyed 69 percent said that the Islamic religion treats men and women equally well.

Producer Candace White spoke with four Muslim women in the San Francisco Bay area about being a Muslim woman in America:


Saliah Shakir is the wife of Imam Zaid Shakir. Like him, she converted to Islam during a tour of duty with the Air Force.

Sadaf Khan  studied at Zaytuna for four years and is now the Institute’s Office Manager.  She is also the Institute’s fundraising coordinator and at the start of the 2007 school year, will assist in coordinating school curriculum.

Marwa Elzankaly is a litigation attorney and currently a provisional partner in her firm. She earned her law degree from Santa Clara University in 1999 and passed the bar the same year.

Uzma Husaini works as an editor in Zaytuna’s publications department which includes SEASONS Journal and the Zaytuna Curriculum Series.  She received her ijazah (license) to teach tajweed from Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi. She teaches a weekend class in Qur’anic recitation at Zaytuna as well as a class in Islamic studies at Las Positas Community College in Livermore, CA. 


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