Muslim women from the United States and around the world are meeting this weekend to start forming the first international Islamic advisory council for women.
The American Society for Muslim Advancement, the event's lead organizer, said the council's goal is to promote women's rights that advocates say are part of Islamic teaching.
"Women's rights often get debated in the press or they get debated among scholars who are not women," said Daisy Khan, executive director of the New York-based society. "We feel there are many Muslim women who are coming of age who have the scholarly background to be able to step up to the plate to speak authoritatively about it."
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