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The Light in Her Eyes (2011)

Houda al-Habash, a conservative Muslim preacher, founded a Qur'an school for girls in Damascus, Syria when she was just 17 years old. Every summer, her female students immerse themselves in... See full summary »

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Houda al-Habash, a conservative Muslim preacher, founded a Qur'an school for girls in Damascus, Syria when she was just 17 years old. Every summer, her female students immerse themselves in a rigorous study of Islam, in addition to their secular schooling. A surprising cultural shift is underway-women are claiming space within the mosque, a place historically dominated by men. Challenging tradition, Houda insists education for women is a form of worship. Using Qur'anic teachings, she encourages her students to pursue higher education, jobs, and public lives, while remaining committed to an interpretation of Islam prioritizing women's role as wives and mothers. In a world rarely seen, The Light In Her Eyes tells the story of a leader who challenges the women of her community to live according to Islam, without giving up their dreams. Shot right before the uprising in Syria erupted, the film is an exclusive look at a social movement thriving in a country controlled by a repressive ... Written by Anonymous

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A woman is a school. If you teach her, you teach a generation.

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a touching story
3 June 2012 | by (Cluj-Napoca, Romania) – See all my reviews

This is a very touching story about women, how they try to find their place is a very man-ruled society, how to match personal dreams with the rules of religion.

I found it very interesting how a feminist idea (teaching as means of socio-cultural ascension)interacts and causes a religious movement among women who claim their place in a man-focused religion, learning how to recite the Noble Qur'an which is traditionally a man's work.

She, Houda, who leads this Qur'an summer school for girls speaks about how important is for women to be educated for knowing their rights and encourages them to lead and continue secular studies as well.

Only problem with the film is that shows a bit idealistic picture about her fights.


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