Maleiha Malik

Feminism’s outstanding contribution as an ideology and a political movement has been its insistence that theory and practice are intimately connected. Theory mat­ters: not only because it can influence the way women are treated but also – and crucially – because it can influence women’s self-understanding. Yet, at the same time, thoughtful feminist scholars have recognised that when faced with stubborn empirical facts – the sincere claims of individual women – theory must align itself to practice.