Student artists aim to dispel myths about Islamic religion and culture with first exhibit

Islamic feminism may sound like an oxymoron to some.

But anyone who understands Islam knows those terms are in concert – not conflict – with one another, said Zahra Bukhari.

“The concept of giving women equal rights and a voice has been part of Islam since its inception,” said Bukhari, a senior at Mason Gross School of the Arts who co-founded the Muslim Feminist Artists collective this fall with twin sisters Usra and Sarah Attalla. “This group is being unapologetic about those two words. We are about proving they are synonymous with each other.”

The six-member collective approached its first exhibition, “Hello My Name is,” with the goal of introducing the Rutgers community and broader audiences to the concept of Muslim feminism while representing Muslims in the arts.

“We are using art as a universal language and tool to reach people from diverse backgrounds,” said Bukhari of the exhibition.

Read the complete Rutgers Today feature here.

Photo of Zahra Bukhari and Usra Attalla by Nick Romanenko.
Information accurate as of fall 2017.