On Burkini and (Athletic) Headscarf Bans – Stripping Muslim Women of their Right to Self-Determination

Embed from Getty Images By Aisha Rahman While France increases its bans on Muslim women’s dress, international sports agencies like FIBA decide whether a headscarf wearing woman is “valid” enough to play basketball. Women today are stripped, literally or otherwise, of our dignity and right to self-determination. Instead, we are reduced to what society deems [Read More…]

Pushing Secularism over Democratic Values – France’s PM Supports Hijab Ban in Universities

By Saideh Jamshidi Some Westerners, especially in France, view Muslim women who wear a hijab or head scarf, as backward-looking, oppressed by religion and unsophisticated. Such views have intensified after the Brussels terrorist attack. France, a country in anger following the ISIS attacks in Paris and fearful of the growth of Muslim extremism, is on [Read More…]

The Danger of Being the First Token Hijabi to …

By Laila Alawa The undercurrents of this issue have been rumbling throughout the community this past year, and it’s time someone got up and spoke up about it. Granted, don’t read this if you’re looking for something sugary sweet and devoid of reality. I don’t have time to waste when it comes to an issue [Read More…]

Not Losing My Hijab

By Sarah Farrukh By the grace of God, I met the end of 2012 in a state of blissful contentment. However, this didn’t come without struggle. I was reminded of a particular difficulty I experienced when I was cleaning out my inbox and I came across an unsent email. My heart felt heavy at the [Read More…]

Muslim Women Make History at London Olympics

By Nadia S. Mohammad Though it has just begun, the London Olympics already holds a series of historic firsts, especially for Muslims and women around the world. To begin with, the organizers aim to make the London Olympics the first “green games,” developed with the goal of   environmentally friendly and sustainable construction. Muslim women have held pivotal roles in bringing this goal [Read More…]

Ice Princess Zahra Lari – An Example for Women of Faith

By Ashley McGuire She’s been called the “Ice Princess in the Hijab.” And, I think she rocks. Zahra Lari is a 17-year-old Olympic figure-skating hopeful from the United Arab Emirates. And you can’t miss her because she wears a black hijab instead of sparkly hair clips and nylon pants instead of the characteristic shiny nude [Read More…]