Indian Muslim Women Leadership: A Mirage?

When the picture of visibly Muslim women leading a protest at Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) went viral about an year ago in December 2019, a flurry of conversations started. Some lauded this new Muslim women leadership, some debated on the appropriateness of hijab-clad women in public spaces, while some questioned the protests. As days progressed, further Muslim women leadership emerged at a formerly little known place called Shaheen Bagh, where a number of women gathered exercising their constitutional right, one of whom was Bilkis Dadi, who went on to be featured in TIME’s list of 100 influential people.

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