Ayesha Imam interview on women in politics, the Qu'ran and Muslim societies, and women's rights in Nigeria (video)
Ayesha Imam, founder and former executive director of WLP Nigeria/BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights, discusses women's participation in government and politics, and barriers that must be overcome for them to do so. She speaks extensively about the inherent flaws of fundamentalist and inflexible interpretations of the Qur'an and Hadith, and their effects on Islamic jurisprudence and society. Imam also details BAOBAB's efforts to spread more progressive interpretations of Islamic holy texts, and increase Nigerian women's awareness of their rights and support for women in those texts.
This interview was part of a series of interviews conducted with attendees of the June 2002 Summer Roaming Institute in Potomac, MD.