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Ghazali, Zaynab

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    Ghazali, Zaynab

    (b. 1917 )

    Prominent Egyptian writer, teacher of Muslim Brotherhood, and founder of the Muslim Women's Association as an Islamic alternative to the Egyptian Feminist Union. Educated and certified in hadith, preaching, and Quranic exegesis. Lectures weekly to crowds of up to five thousand women at the Ibn Tulun Mosque in Cairo. Instrumental in regrouping the Muslim Brotherhood in 1960s. Imprisoned 1965 – 71 . Condemned tactics of murder, torture, and terrorism. Actively involved in writing and editing magazines for women and children. Proclaims that Islam allows women to be active in all aspects of public life as long as it does not interfere with their duties as wives and mothers.

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