Women across the Arab world are redefining their role as leaders in Islam. In director Brigid Maher’s insightful documentary film, VEILED VOICES, three influential women Islamic leaders are profiled along with their families and the communities in which they serve: Ghina Hammoud in Lebanon, Dr. Du’ad Saleh in Egypt and Huda al-Habash in Syria. Filmed over the course of two years, VEILED VOICES reveals a world rarely documented, exploring both the public and private lives of these women. As a divorced woman, Ghina Hammoud faces a personal challenge in gaining legitimacy as a leader, since divorce is controversial in communities throughout Lebanon. In Egypt, Dr. Su’ad Saleh must continually fight for public recognition by the Egyptian religious authority at al-Azhar, the famous Cairo mosque and university founded in the 10th century. Huda al-Habash in Damascus enjoys both institutional support and the support of her husband as she teaches women in Syria and lectures all over the Middle East, helping others “move from ignorance to knowledge.” The three personal stories featured in VEILED VOICES give insight into how Muslim women are increasingly willing to challenge the status quo from within their religion, promoting Islam as a powerful force for positive transformation in the world
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It hurts. The family lives into which we are blessed to look here are so rich and warm that old pains from the lack in my own wake up and sting. It is very worth seeing, if you have any kind of an interest in Islamic life, or ways women can fit into one kind of life or another. See it. You're horizon will expand.
As the son of a preacher I have a soft spot for religious education. This film did a nice job showing a slice of life for three extraordinary women. While the change they have on their respective societies might seem to some to be moving at a glacial pace the impact on the lives of those around them is clear.