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  • New York City
  • 1970s

Photocopy of speech.

Notes: The activist sisters were concerned with dawah and also the development of successful and thriving Muslim communities. This document is an example of that second concern and illustrates Chan-Malik’s concept of affective insurgency. There is a familiar “the women's place is the home'' in this lecture, but the home is a site of insurgency. There is also an affirmation of women’s capacity and a woman’s responsibility to live out her capacity as a leader. In order to be leaders, women need to be educated, and supporting women’s education was a consistent theme in Umi’s life, one that put her and activist sisters at odds with other women and men, who are offended by their activism—despite the activist sisters general endorsement of more traditional gender roles. Yet this never deterred Umi or the other activist sisters in their pursuit for greater justice and spiritual salvation.