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Farzana Hassan, also known as Farzana Hassan Shahid, is a Pakistani-Canadian author, speaker, and human rights activist who focuses on the treatment of Muslim women[1] and has expressed support for banning the burqa.[2] She is a columnist for the Toronto Sun and a former President of the Muslim Canadian Congress.[3][4]

Born in Pakistan, Hassan obtained degrees from Kinnaird College, the University of the Punjab, the University of Massachusetts, and the University of Phoenix.[5]

Books Hassan has authored include Islam, Women and the Challenges of Today: Modernist Insights and Feminist Perspectives (2006);[6] Unveiled: A Canadian Muslim Woman's Struggle Against Misogyny, Sharia and Jihad (2012);[7] and The Case Against Jihad (2018).[8]


  1. ^ Munn, Sarah. "Pakistani-born Canadian author Farzana Hassan on inequality of women". Canadian Immigrant. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  2. ^ Smith, Charlie. "Farzana Hassan lecture at UBC generates backlash from B.C. Muslim Association representative". Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  3. ^ Mauro, Ryan. "Farzana Hassan: Islamic Reform -- Daunting But Needed". The Clarion Project. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Farzana Hassan". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  5. ^ "About Farzana". Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Islam, Women and the Challenges of Today". Google Books. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  7. ^ "Unveiled". Google Books. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  8. ^ "The Case Against Jihad". Google Books. Retrieved 2019-02-04.