10 October 2013

Is Photography Un-Islamic? A Tool for Empowering Women? Both?

Yesterday, I posted on an exhibition currently up at the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) - "She Who Tells A Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World." I then came across this story at The Times of India about struggles over photography among Muslims. On the one hand we have an Islamic Seminary (Darul Uloom Deoband) pronouncing photography 'un-Islamic'; and on the other hand a women's group (Aawaaz-e-Niswaan - see their photography workshop web page here) actively training women in photography. If we take a fundamentalist view of Islam (or, frankly, nearly any other religion) the answer to the questions posed in the title to this post is obvious enough.

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