Poetic Pilgrimage Is The Muslim Women's Rap Duo The World Needs Right Now

Poetic Pilgrimage isn't just a rap group -- it's a statement about Islam, women and what it means to belong.

Muneera Williams and Sukina Owen-Douglas, both born and raised in Bristol, England, to Jamaican migrant parents, make up Poetic Pilgrimage, a rap duo that explores topics of gender, faith, citizenship and heritage. The women, now in their 30s, met in high school and discovered a shared love of music when they joined the choir together. They enjoyed discussing things like history, spirituality and the representation of black women in the media, Williams told The Huffington Post. These were the seeds for Poetic Pilgrimage, which Williams and Owen-Douglas formed when they moved from Bristol to London for college.

The women converted to Islam in 2005 after being introduced to The Autobiography of Malcolm X in a college class. The decision "sparked a journey," Williams said, which has confounded some.

Islam and Feminism Are Not at Odds

On a sweltering day in Jakarta, I met Maria Ulfah Ansor. It was late 2002, and I had just arrived in Indonesia to study women’s activism for my dissertation in sociology. Maria Ulfah was then the head of the young women’s division of one of Indonesia’s largest Muslim organizations, Nahdlatul Ulama, which provides services and charity to millions of Muslims in Indonesia. My reading about Islam and feminism led me to expect that she would consider feminism, women’s rights, and gender equality to be foreign, Western, and un-Islamic. Yet as she sat across from me in her cream silk headscarf and matching modest outfit, she spoke passionately of reproductive rights for women, including access to contraception and the morning after pill.

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Me and the Mosque

Me and the Mosque

Using animation, archival footage and personal interviews, this full-length documentary portrays the multiple relationships Canadian Muslim women entertain with Islam’s place of worship, the mosque.
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. In North America, a large number of converts are women. Many are drawn to the religion because of its emphasis on social justice and spiritual equality between the sexes.