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Women RisingIn and Beyond the Arab Spring$
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Rita Stephan and Mounira M. Charrad

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479846641

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479846641.001.0001

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The Light in Her Eyes

The Light in Her Eyes

A Woman Is a School. Teach Her and You Teach a Generation: An Interview with Filmmakers Julia Meltzer and Laura Nix

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Women Rising

Nurulsyahirah Taha

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The Light in Her Eyes is a film by Julia Meltzer and Laura Nix. Its premiere screening sold out at the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival. It follows Houda al-Habash, a conservative Muslim preacher, who founded a Qur’an school for girls in Damascus. The film captures feminism in a way that Nix would call “contrary.” In this chapter, Nurulsyahirah Taha reflects on a new definition of feminism that the filmmakers tried to communicate in the documentary. She addresses the “women’s mosque movement” and how it changes the culture and potentially the face of Islam.

Keywords:   The Light in Her Eyes, Julia Meltzer, Laura Nix, women’s mosque movement

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