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Asra Q. Nomani is an Indian-American Muslim journalist, author, and feminist, known as an activist in the Muslim reform and Islamic feminist movements. She is the author of two books, “Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam” and “Tantrika: Traveling the Road of Divine Love”, and of the “Islamic Bill of Rights for Women in the Bedroom”, the “Islamic Bill of Rights for Women in the Mosque”, and the “99 Precepts for Opening Hearts, Minds and Doors in the Muslim World”. Nomani is a former “Wall Street Journal” correspondent and has written for “The Washington Post”, “The New York Times”, “Slate”, “The American Prospect”, and “Time”.
In November 2003, Nomani became the first woman in her mosque in West Virginia to insist on the right to pray in the male-only main hall, defying the centuries-old gender barriers of Islamic tradition. Later, she organized the first public woman-led prayer of a mixed-gender congregation in the United States.
She was a friend and colleague of “Wall Street Journal” reporter Daniel Pearl, who was staying with her in Karachi with his wife Mariane Pearl when he was abducted and later murdered by Islamic militants in January 2002.
Source: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asra_Q._Nomani