"Out Now: The Women's Mosque of America" Showcases Muslim Women's Authority

"Out Now: The Women's Mosque of America" Showcases Muslim Women's Authority

In 2014, filmmaker and comedy writer M. Hasna Maznavi founded the Women’s Mosque of America in Los Angeles, the nation’s first completely women-led mosque which centers female Muslim scholarship and spirituality. 

Now, Washington University Assistant Professor Tazeen M. Ali has published a book about the congregation’s roots and role, with broader commentary about American Muslim womanhood in religious spaces. “The Women’s Mosque of America: Authority and Community in U.S. Islam,” published by NYU Press, examines the way the Los Angeles mosque “is predicated on women’s embodied experiences, commitments to social and racial justice, English interpretations of the Qur’an, and community building across Islamic sects and in an interfaith context.” Ali’s research focuses on “Islam in America, women’s religious authority, and Islam, gender, and race.” 

Watch Ali talk about the story behind the book below: 

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